Mark Thompson

Study: Playing board games with bae is no trivial pursuit

According to one American college, playing board games with your partner releases something called a ‘love hormone’. Sounds legit, but why does it always end in a fight?



I’m prepared to out myself, I’m something of a geek culture fanboy. Cult movies, video games, comic books. I’m a man of many lonely, lonely, loves. Of course, what kind of nerd wouldn’t I be if there wasn’t a dusty corner of the house dedicated to a board game collection, one to play when tipsy, board, or bored and tipsy. Of course, the cardinal rule of board games is that genitals and Hasbro do not mix and if you’ve tumbled out of someone’s genitals, or was put in there by another, you best not play that person in Monopoly.

However, what of the world of romance and the universe of board games. Do they mix? Probably not, but according to one American college, playing games with bae releases something called a “love hormone”.

recently published Baylor study focused on the hormone levels of couples who either played board games or went to a couples art class together, and measured increases in oxytocin (the sex thingo), which plays a role in social bonding.

When comparing changes in oxytocin levels, the study found: “the release of oxytocin increased most for the men in the art class, followed by women playing board games; women in the art class; and last, men playing board games. But the last three groups did not differ significantly from one another ‘Our big finding was that all couples release oxytocin when playing together — and that’s good news for couples’ relationships,’ Melton said.”

I mean, you could argue that everyone will risk everything for tenure, it seems fairly legitimate, and maybe the squabbles we have are reflective to the issues within our relationships. That or we’re ‘board’ with each other, and hence we pursue these games. Board. D’ya get it? God, I’m so lonely.


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