One may cause to argue that Fun activities are solely based off psychological and physical identification with certain activities, but surely there is a deeper analysis on why we find things fun.

Furthermore, what is the relationship of personal experience to what an individual finds fun. Some argue that what we find fun is solely defined by personal experiences, but what about activities that many individuals find fun- regardless of personal experiences.


I would argue that a positive emotional experience is something that evolved for conscious organisms in order for consciousness to function in a way that supports survival and reproduction (thus, sex and eating are pleasurable experiences).

Once having this system, an organism can then find other ways to trigger it that may not lead to better survival or reproduction, but still don't compromise survival and reproduction. Often, this may be through human invention. For example, our love of sugar evolved in a world where sugar indicated health (high energy foods that help you survive). Now, we're able to produce the sugar by itself with technology; it no longer occurs only in the context of nutritional food.

Thus, humans are able to exploit their reward systems and "fun" need not pertain to healthy activities, but may have roots in the evolutionary purpose of pleasure.

  • $\begingroup$ Nice answer, but where would activities such as games, puzzles, drawing and other recreational activities fit in (Note: I didn't mention sport as I think that would fit under survival as to hunting during early human history) $\endgroup$ – Monacraft Jun 14 '14 at 6:16
  • $\begingroup$ I would consider them spandrels. In particular, byproducts of having evolved pleasure as a mechanism for driving behavior. $\endgroup$ – Keegan Keplinger Jun 16 '14 at 20:36

I think that a person finds something fun if it is challenging (it makes you learn something new, grow, etc.), yet he/she has a talent for it so he/she is doing well at it. Isn't that fun. On the other hand if you do something and it's hard and you're just not getting it, it's not fun and you'll probably consider exploring something else.


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