The physics of fun

M. Boguñá publications 2019/11/05

Engaging in playful activities, such as playing a musical instrument, learning a language, or per- forming sports, is a fundamental aspect of human life. We present a quantitative empirical analysis of the engagement dynamics into playful activities. We do so by analyzing the behavior of millions of players of casual video games and discover a scaling law governing the engagement dynamics. This power-law behavior is indicative of a multiplicative (i.e., happy- get-happier) mechanism of engagement characterized by a set of critical exponents. Read more

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