• Ubaid Khan

The World of Escapism

Updated: Aug 21, 2019

Escapism: the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.

For many of us, a life without television is difficult to imagine. Movies, TV shows, Dramas; it's all become an extension of our lives. Only about 50 years ago today, however, television was still in its infancy. Following the Second World War, there was a period of rise in the economy that thus led to the perfecting of the media set that so became a part of the world in which we live in today. Some attribute television’s popularity to its ability to make one escape reality; the war, undoubtedly, left people in a state of depression, and in an attempt to escape the dismaying memories of the rough period that just passed, people resorted to gain entertainment through the new invention. The television helped people completely immerse themselves into a whole new world. Thus, the idea of escapism came to be.

Though escapism stemmed from society seeking entertainment to escape hard realities post-world war, the ideology has only since become more strongly embedded in the world we live in today. Types of escapism include the aforementioned “telly”, video games, and the increasingly popular escape rooms, a “live‐action team‐based game where players cooperatively discover clues, solve puzzles, and complete tasks to accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time” (Cambridge Dictionary). In such escape rooms, players are placed into a room of their choice for a period of time and have to use their wits, and sometimes physical strength, to complete a series of tasks and escape the room. Usually based on a specific theme in which players can immerse themselves into, escape rooms provide entertainment for adventure-lovers all around. So whether you're looking for a corporate event, ideas for date night, or just physical/brain-stimulation, escape rooms are the perfect night out. Come and take a peak into the worlds we have to offer; we promise you won't be disappointed.

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