We begin to play as children as a way of making sense of the world around us – of learning how it works. We use play as a means of interacting with others and building social awareness.
As we become older and our systems of choice become more refined, our play becomes more subtle and complex. Our objectives change throughout our lives – we play to entertain ourselves, for the purpose of challenge and reward, to bring us closer to others, or to pit our skills against theirs.
Play is a type of essential social catalyst.