More than just a game: The brain benefits of Wordle

One of the internet’s latest crazes is shown to have added brain benefits

The New York Times, Buys Wordle.The New York Times, Buys Wordle.The viral game gives users six guesses to figure out a five-letter word daily.The New York Times announced its purchase of the game on Jan. 31.The publication reportedly paid "in the low seven figures" for the cultural phenomenon. .The Times remains focused on becoming the essential subscription for every English-speaking person seeking to understand and engage with the world. 'New York Times' Games are a key part of that strategy, The New York Times, via statement.Wordle will now play a part in that daily experience, giving millions more people around the world another reason to turn to The Times to meet their daily news and life needs, The New York Times via statement.The game was created by software engineer Josh Wardle of Brooklyn, who released the game in October 2021.It quickly amassed millions of daily players.Wardle issued a statement about the game's success via Twitter on Jan. 31.I'd be lying if I said this hasn't been a little overwhelming. After all, I am just one person, and it is important to me that, as Wordle grows, it continues to provide a great experience to everyone, Josh Wardle, via Twitter.The New York Times currently has over one million Games subscriptions.The New York Times currently has over one million Games subscriptions

If you haven’t already, you may want to consider hopping on the Wordle bandwagon. The brain benefits of the game alone are worth giving it a try.

Wordle is a daily online game in which users get six attempts to guess a five-letter word. On Twitter, users have been sharing their Wordle scores with others and creating an online space where the game soon became a trend.

Research has shown that playing word games and solving word puzzles improve cognitive function in the brain.

A study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found that doing such puzzles improve memory, attention, the executive function of the brain and information processing.

“We can’t say that playing these puzzles necessarily reduces the risk of dementia in later life but this research supports previous findings that indicate regular use of word and number puzzles helps keep our brains working better for longer,” lead researcher Anne Corbett, Ph.D., said in a news release.

The game can allow you to use new words in your vocabulary and challenge the brain.

According to Harvard Health Publishing, learning new things and consistently exposing your brain to new challenges increases mental functioning as you grow older. As a daily challenge, Wordle can be easily included in your daily or morning routine.

The social aspect of the game allows you to share your score, making it a great way to start conversations and connect with one another. Increasing socialization with others and being a part of a community is another added brain health benefit.

As we interact with others, our brain creates connections thus improving memory, according to Medical News Today. Those with larger social networks have been shown to lead happier lives, as they are reported to have lower rates of depression and anxiety.

While the game comes with many benefits, Wordle is not a quick fix as there are many methods one could take to improve your brain health. Adding exercise to your routine and maintaining healthy eating habits is a surefire way to enhance your cognitive function in the long run.

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