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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Video Games Aren't Good for You

Why conservatives and libertarians view video games differently.

For most of their history, video games were a fringe pastime, the loser kid brother to traditional entertainments like sports. Gamers were doughy nerds who subsisted on Doritos and Mountain Dew and feared women and sunshine.

But over the past decade, video games have achieved something of a societal coup. Piggybacking off the rise of smartphones and social media, gaming has swung with lightning speed into total ubiquity. Businessmen play them on the subway. Kids play them in school. Korean teens become millionaires playing them. Your grandmother is probably still playing Candy Crush.

Journalists play them, too, which is why they’ve recently subjected the public to a deluge of scribblingjustifying the habit. Over at Reason, Peter Suderman has given us the mother of all such pieces:“Young Men Are Playing Video Games Instead of Getting Jobs. That’s OK. (For Now.)”

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

On the contrary, neuroscientists studied the brain while people played video games and saw boosts in brain activity in regions associated with creativity and decision making. They have also been used to boost multi-tasking abilities in older people 70+.

There is definitely a group of people that allow an addiction to video games to rule their life, perhaps it is the facade that they are important in an online setting whereas in real life they are simply another person on the street.

Anonymous said...

Agreed 826. Anything can become an addiction.

Anonymous said...

Check that, everything IS an addiction!