As you are probably already well aware, relationships are tested in so many ways every single day. Whether it be with financial struggles, disagreements over parenting techniques, stresses from work - the list goes on and on - life has a way of constantly testing our personal strength, as well as the strength of our relationships. But guess what! Now life has supplied yet another way to test the strength of your relationship -- with an escape room experience! Luckily, this is an optional way, and it is actually very fun (with the right partner, of course!).
Each of our escape rooms require working collaboratively with others to try and escape a fictional, but stressful scenario, within a certain amount of time. You can only imagine how intense this can be. Through your actions, attitudes, and behaviors, your overall personality is pretty accurately demonstrated in an escape room situation. This is also true of your partner. Everybody’s greatest and worst features shine during this time, including problem-solving skills, how well you work with others, how you respond to stress and pressure, and so much more.
If you’re looking to put your relationship to the ultimate test, here are five questions that may be answered about your relationship when playing a game at Room To Escape:
1. Is your partner… maybe… not-so-bright?
To put it bluntly - nobody wants to date a stupid person. Sorry, but it’s true! We’re not saying that your significant other has to be a genius, but they should at least have some common sense and a little bit of activity going on up in that head of theirs, don’t you think?! If you’re halfway through the game and you realize that your partner hasn’t found a single clue or solved a single puzzle, and that you’ve been the one doing all of the work, then maybe that should be a red flag. If you were really ever locked inside of a museum with a group of ski-masked armed robbers, would you feel comfortable leaving it up to your partner to get you both out? Just saying...
2. Have you found yourself a downright know-it-all?
Maybe you’ve gotten little hints to make you think that your significant other might be a bit of a know-it-all. Well, if you weren’t quite sure leading up to now, playing an escape game with them will definitely clear up any doubts or suspicions you may have had. That certain type of “I’m an expert” attitude is very easy to spot inside an escape room. These people don’t like to listen to what others have to say, as they think they already know everything there is to know about everything. So if you find that your spouse or date is purposely working as a one-man or one-woman team because they think they are the only one with answers, this might just be the sign you’ve been looking for.
3. How is your significant other in terms of motivation?
Motivation is key in an escape room and it is key in life as well. Keep an eye out for who is doing all the of the work inside the escape room. Are you guys sharing the responsibilities, or are you doing all of the work and pulling all of the weight for the both of you? Just as you want an escape room teammate who is going to be motivated to work hard and win the game, you want a life partner who is going to be motivated to succeed and excel in life, don’t you? On top of this, you want somebody who is going to motivate you throughout life and push you to always do your best. An escape room is the perfect test to see just how motivated - and motivational - your loved one really is.
4. Is your partner respectful towards you?
Respect is a MUST in any type of relationship. If your partner won’t take the time to listen to you when you’re trying to tell him or her that you know how to solve a puzzle, can you be sure that he or she is going to listen to you when it comes to real-life situations? Are they going to respect your ideas, thoughts, feelings, and decisions outside of these four walls if they aren’t going to do so within them? Hmmm… just a thought!
5. Are you dating a hot-head?
Serious anger issues are a huge red flag in a relationship! Luckily, an escape game can help you identify whether or not your partner has issues with his or her anger. If you realize that your partner is becoming very easily aggravated and frustrated early in the game, or losing their temper in every stressful situation, it’s probably only going to get worse as the game goes on. And if this is the case inside the escape room, is it also going to be the case when you walk out the doors? Is your partner just going to lose his or her head every time things get tough?? Uh oh...
There are tons of lessons that an escape game can teach you about your relationship, but these are the five that we thought were probably the most important to start with. And one more small piece of advice: If you’re going to use an escape room to test your relationship, make sure you’re subtle about it. Don’t let your partner know that this is your intent, or your results may be skewed and inaccurate!