Survey: If You Don’t Want to Fight, Don’t Play Monopoly

Monopoly board

A survey of 1,000 Americans reveals a key piece of advice: If you don’t want to get in a fight while playing a board game, don’t play Monopoly.

You can read the results from the survey, sponsored by, but some key stats:

Game Most Likely to Cause a Disagreement

  • Monopoly: 47.7% (Dead on)
  • Scrabble: 18%  (Dead on, Part 2)
  • Other: 7.2%
  • Risk: 5% (You can’t argue when you’re passed out from exhaustion)
  • Settlers of Catan: 4.5% (Trading squabbles are no joke. This is why we prefer Ticket to Ride)
  • Pictionary: 3.9%
  • Scattergories: 3%
  • Uno: 2.9%
  • Sorry!: 2.6% (Shocked this wasn’t higher)
  • Cards Against Humanity (Can’t fight if you’re laughing or drunk)
  • Apples to Apples: 1.8%
  • Chess: 1.7% (The Chess Federation frowns on board flipping)

Game Most Likely to End With a Flipped Board of Thrown Pieces

  • Monopoly: 67.5%
  • Scrabble: 13.7%
  • Uno: 12.8%
  • Sorry!: 10.1%
  • Life: 7.7%

Top Reasons for Conflict, based on the Board Game Most Likely to End in a  Disagreement

  • Arguing About the Rules: Scattergories, 93.3%
  • Intentionally Hurting Another Player’s Chances of Winning: Settlers of Catan, 60%
  • Taking Too Long: Cards Against Humanity, 55.6% (Really? Not Monopoly? At least CAH is fun)
  • Lying or Deceiving About Intentions: Cards Against Humanity, 55%
  • Cheating: Monopoly and Chess, tied at 47.1%
  • Bragging: Cards Against Humanity, 38.9%

If you play tabletop games even semi-regularly, the survey is a very fun read. We encourage you do check it out in its entirety. And it underscores our belief that Monopoly is overrated and a waste of a game night. The games are too long and the opportunity for fighting too many (at least with our kids). Yes, the themed editions are very fun, however, there are too many more genuinely fun games out there for families and friends to waste time on an argumentative exercise in capitalism (it’s too much like real life).

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