Scrabble v. Scrabble: Are wooden tiles or touchscreens better?

WASHINGTON – Instead of wooden tiles, today’s Scrabble game-play usually involves a touchscreen.

So, which is better?

Stefan Fatsis, author of the bestselling competitive Scrabble book, “Word Freak,” says even he plays on his smartphone.

“All the time, every day, multiple times a day,” says Fatsis. “It’s a different experience.”

But Scrabble-pro Fatsis still enjoys the original version.

“There’s something very engaging about sitting across from someone with a clock determining how much time you have left to play,” says Fatsis.

But, whether on a board or on a phone, Fatsis believes the game helps kids learn and excel in math, probability, strategy, spatial relations and, of course, competition.

WTOP’s Michelle Basch contributed to this report. Follow Michelle and WTOP on Twitter.

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