Have you ever played rock-paper-scissors? For those of you who may not be familiar with the game, it’s a simple way to determine a winner in a short amount of time. Each player makes a hand signal signifying rock, paper, or scissors at the exact same time. If both players make the same signal, that round is a tie. However, if the signals are different, then someone wins the game. In a game with rock and scissors, rock wins because rock crushes scissors. In a game with scissors and paper, scissors win because scissors cut paper. In a game with paper and rock, paper wins, because paper covers rock.
Whew! Now that everyone is caught up to speed on rock-paper-scissors, let’s talk strategy. I know that everyone has one, and some are better than others. I’m typically pretty terrible at rock-paper-scissors because I’m easily psyched out, but I have found that the best strategy is to try to do whatever the other player last did. It tends to psych people out. I actually read that the best strategy for rock-paper-scissors may be to play it with your eyes closed, so you’re not influenced by what the other player is doing. Crazy!
No matter what you decide for how you play rock-paper-scissors, you have to start with a certain choice… and that can be difficult if you don’t know how the other person plays. It turns out that many people think your personality has a lot to do with if you choose rock, paper, or scissors. Do you agree? Take The Rock-Paper-Scissors Test. Does your result fit you?
Discussion topics (Comment below and let me know any or all of these):
- What do you get on The Rock-Paper-Scissors Test? Is it true for you?
- Do you like playing rock-paper-scissors? Why or why not?
- Do you have an a rock-paper-scissors strategy? Or do you just do it randomly?
- Take Are You Rock, Paper, or Scissors? What do you think of your result?
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