Are Escape Rooms Good for You?
Escape rooms have proven that they’re not just a fad that will fade away over time, but they’re actually increasing in popularity and more and more escape rooms are appearing all over the UK all the time. But escape rooms aren’t just fun and games, they’re actually good for you in many different ways!
From communication to mood and motor skills, next time you do an escape room, you’re sure to see the benefits.
How Do Escape Rooms Work?
Different escape room companies have different methods depending on the size of the space and the number of escape rooms the company has, but essentially, you choose which type of escape room you’d like to participate in, get your team together and head to the escape room.
Ideally, you wouldn’t be doing an escape room on your own, and sometimes the rooms are too small for too many people, so many escape rooms will limit the team to 2 – 6 people. There are several other escape room rules to be aware of before you go in, which an assistant will take you through before you start. Inside the escape room, you’ll find a themed room filled with many curious objects; you then work together to find clues and solve riddles to escape the room.
Depending on how good your team is at solving the puzzles and interpreting the clues, you can expect to spend 45 – 60 minutes in the escape room, and if you ever get stuck, our assistants are watching and listening over you while you’re in the escape room, so they can offer helpful advice to guide you through the room.
What Are Escape Rooms Like?
Escape rooms are usually based on a specific theme, so no two rooms will be the same. At Escape Now, you can choose from:
- Sherlock’s Secret
- Haunted Hollow
- The Getaway
If you have any medical conditions, you should inform the escape room company beforehand in case there are any issues, as some escape rooms can be dark to enhance the character of the room, but this can lead to certain trip hazards and frights. If you have any of the following conditions, you should be wary of entering escape rooms and check with your doctor first that it’s appropriate for you to take part:
- Anxiety disorders
- Heart conditions
What Are the Benefits of Escape Rooms?
Like any puzzle, escape rooms are designed to be a fun way of engaging your brain and solving problems, but there are other benefits that make escape rooms a great family or team-bonding activity, and good for your mental health as well as the physical health of your brain.
Improve Communication and Teamwork
Escape rooms are becoming an increasingly common work event, and it’s not just so your boss can lock you away in a room for an hour. The process of problem-solving as a group requires excellent communication skills, from being patient and understanding to clear and direct, so you and your teammates can work together efficiently and avoid squabbling. If you’re not communicating, it will become very clear as you’ll still be trapped in the room after your allotted hour!
You have to be able to manage your people skills and communicate well to succeed in escape rooms; if you or someone you know could use some help with their communication skills, try out an escape room to improve them!
Positive Mental Impact
In the modern world, we have so many stresses and demands on us in our daily lives that it can be difficult to take time for ourselves to unwind and have some fun.
Challenging yourself might not sound like the most obvious way to have fun, but actually, solving puzzles, like the ones involved in escape rooms, create a sense of achievement, relief and pride thanks to the small amounts of dopamine released by your adrenal gland.
Dopamine is known as a “happy hormone” as its presence in the body causes feelings of elation, happiness and gives us energy, so overcoming small challenges like riddles, clues and puzzles in escape rooms is a great way of improving our moods and relieving stress.
What’s more, the fact you’re locked away in a room with your friends for an hour leaves all of your real-life concerns at the door; while you’re in an escape room, like our Sherlock Holmes-themed room, your only concern is finding the key to get out. It’s elementary!
Improve Motor Skills
Motor skills are essentially how we interact with our bodies and the spaces around us, and from birth, animals develop their motor skills through play by learning to use their limbs, move around in different ways and get used to interacting with others and objects in the space around them.
We can develop our motor skills further by doing escape rooms! Some escape rooms do have physical challenges that require excellent balance and coordination, however, most involve more mental activities. Even so, the hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness needed for some of the problem-solving will definitely improve your fine motor skills in a fun way!
In addition, problem-solving often requires a good memory and quick thinking to think of the best course of action or remember a relevant clue that will help solve the puzzle. Escape rooms make people think quickly on their feet and use their memory, which is a great brain-training exercise. The more puzzles you solve over your lifetime, the better your memory will be, and while completing mental challenges can’t prevent developing dementia, it can massively reduce symptoms such as confusion.
Do Escape Rooms Test IQ?
Escape rooms are first and foremost designed to be a fun family or group activity, so you don’t need to have a high IQ to complete one. In fact, the more diverse mental strengths within your team, the more likely you are to complete your escape room quickly, as everyone’s individual skills will complement each other and be useful for various puzzles.
That said, escape rooms are somewhat an IQ test, as IQ tests themselves can vary greatly according to each organisation’s idea of intelligence, although their primary role is to test cognitive abilities.
Escape rooms also test cognitive abilities, which involve the way people perceive and interact with their surroundings, how they problem-solve, how they learn and how well they remember things. Testing these cognitive abilities also provides an opportunity to improve them, so taking part in escape rooms might just improve your IQ too!
Do Most People Complete Escape Rooms?
Taking part in escape rooms is about the fun you have along the way, and building stronger relationships with friends, family or coworkers, so you shouldn’t worry about not completing an escape room, how many people finish escape rooms or how long it should take to complete.
Escape rooms are designed to be challenging and force people to put their heads together and work as a team, so don’t beat yourself up if you haven’t won and don’t let the idea put you off either. Supposedly only 15 – 30 % of people actually succeed in completing escape rooms, leaving 70 – 85 % of groups failing. Either way, you’re guaranteed a fun-filled 60 minutes.
Birmingham’s Best Escape Room
Escape Now is one of the UK’s most popular escape room companies, located in central Birmingham, just ten minutes walking away from the Bull Ring. With four themed rooms for groups of 2 – 6 people, we have plenty of opportunities to give you a fun-filled activity.