The world’s most unrewarding games

Chasing a digital number on a screen.

Market share.



Thumb’s ups.


A letter grade.

A number on a scale.


Most of these games we play because they are extremely easy to measure. When they go up, we usually are not satisfied because the number can always be “better.”

Numbers are a unit of measure to tell a story. Not a measure of happiness.

It feels oh-so industrial to quantify happiness into metrics that can be analyzed.