Video games vs work: Are young men choosing Xbox and PlayStation over jobs? | IN 60 SECONDS

According to a new economic research paper, young men are spending less time working and more time playing video games. Are Overwatch and The Legend of Zelda about to ruin the American economy? AEI’s Jim Pethokoukis says no, and has the facts to prove it.

Full study from the National Bureau of Economic Research:

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24 thoughts on “Video games vs work: Are young men choosing Xbox and PlayStation over jobs? | IN 60 SECONDS”

  1. Video Games don't keep young men from working, they keep them from thinking. Millennial males prefer fantasy over reality because of the "Everyone's a Winner" inculcation during their youth. Is it any wonder Millennial males prefer Pot, Video Games, and Porn instead of REAL community, REAL Social interaction, and REAL women. They simply lack the psychological wherewithal to face up to life, hence the escapism.

  2. If a man is unwilling to work because of video games or any other reason, someone will step in and take that job. Let that first man be poor, and don't give him a way out through welfare.

  3. I got a Nintento 64 when I was 4 years old. It was my nanny, and it was a friend who kept me out of trouble. And it helped me learn English. And it's been my momentary escape from harsh reality instead of drugs.

    But I think the danger with video games is that it becomes a surrogate mother when our real mothers don't have time for us. It's a substitute for reality when reality doesn't have a place for us. It's a community for those who are outsiders.
    Just look at the trend in RPGs where you have romance side-missions. Sometimes your character even gets laid in the end.

    Of course, women play games too. But most of them play games on their phones. Perhaps on the bus to University, or to a date.
    Men play more on computers and consoles. Probably alone in a room with the shutters down.

  4. Maybe your company treats employees like shit and pays like shit so its not worth it. We are all going to die might as well spend most of my time enjoying it rather than slaving for a corporation who gives no damns about any of us.

  5. It's not gaming, It's societies over Indulgence in pretty much everything we consume. To food, to alcohol, even exercising. The key to a happy life is knowing ones limit, but that's getting extremely harder with the mainstream media telling you more is good!

  6. Ur last 10 seconds hit it, there has to be jobs to go back too, video games have nothing to do with it. Would it make people happier if men slept when not working like the Baby Boomers did.

  7. That sounds pretty glib that "it just takes a while for economies to recover" after a "massive financial shock and near depression". Seems like globalization, automation, government propping up to-large-to-fail businesses, etc are all contributing to a fairly weak labor market that is likely a long term systemic change in the economy.

  8. Next up: "Do Babyboomers refuse to retire and give room to younger generation that is stuck on entry level jobs?"

    Oh wait we are still blaming young people and it will be always the topic? Alrighty! Yes games baaad grrrr. Lazy youngsters. WHEN I WAS YOUNG YOU COULD JUST ASK FOR A JOB AND THEN BUY A HOUSE. Also… that noisy Rock 'n' Roll is not real music.

  9. Men are choosing games over girls perhaps, but you don't get to play games very long if you don't have income to pay for the games, the housing, the electricity… Income comes from jobs, which are harder and harder to get as MEN because of "equality".

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