Dating and video games
I wanted to go on dates, and playing video games wasn’t helping.
I developed a notion that virtual world-building and real-life world-building were at odds with each other.
Nowadays they’re also so well-designed that many almost simulate jobs if a job’s progress were measured in minutes and hours instead of weeks and months.
In many games, you perform a variety of mundane, repetitive tasks in order to build points or currencies or accrue items.
My brother and I loved going to local arcades and try to make a few quarters last as long as possible.The trends are different for women, who have not seen the same increase in gaming at the expense of work hours and are more likely to return to school when out of work.For many men, however, games have gotten so good that they have made dropping out of work a more appealing option.They fall into a whole suite of things that appeal to young men in particular—to me the list would go something like gaming, the stock market, fantasy sports, gambling, basketball, science fiction/geek movies, and cryptocurrencies, most of which involve a blend of numbers and optimization.
It’s a need for mastery, progress, competition and risk.He plays up to 40 hours a week, the equivalent of a full-time job. Now, more than 50 percent of lower-skilled young men live with their parents, and as many as 67 percent of those who are unemployed do so. Video games function as extremely inexpensive entertainment on a time-use basis.