Note: I’m placing this in ‘General Questions’ because I believe it has a factual answer.
I’ve been watching the game show ‘The Family Feud’ for a number of years now, and am always amazed that the contestants invariably choose to ‘play’ rather than ‘pass’ whenever they are given the opportunity to do so.
But I’ve also noticed that when contestants choose ‘play’, their opponents appear to have a distinct advantage. The families that ‘play’ seldom get every single answer on the board. Often, there are numerous answers left for the opponent family to ‘steal’ the round, and you only need to get one to ‘steal’. Furthermore, the family that doesn’t ‘play’ is allowed to talk amongst themselves, so any potential answers can be run by the other family members beforehand.
Has anyone done a study to determine if a family that decides to ‘play’ has, on average, any advantage in terms of winning the round? And why doesn’t anyone on The Family Feud ever ‘pass’, even when no one has any good answers??