Today millions of people, disproportionately young men, are similarly caught in the throes of video games, which are far more enticing than their 1990s counterparts and often involve many players engaging at once. The hand-eye coordination of these men is no doubt impressive, plus they form friendships and learn to work through problems in teams.
The problem is that for many young men, video games have become a substitute for living. They’re so addictive and soul-consuming that they’re unlike other leisure activities. Every hour spent on “Ghost Recon” or “Grand Theft Auto V” is an hour that could have been spent more productively.
Apparently the fellas themselves do not matter, but their potential productivity does. This gives the game away (so to speak),
Let us examine the situation further. The latest game consoles have enormous CPU processing and 3D graphics horsepower. Both the Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbone are currently being upgraded to handle 4K televisions. The internet connecting the gamers systems for the sake of online play is fast and cheap. The AAA game companies spend as much as blockbuster movies on production for a single game, and it shows.
The cost (especially on a per hour basis) of playing awesome games with your buddies on your team against other teams is minimal. Furthermore, this is what fellas like doing. It is built in. Women seek tingles; this is perhaps the male equivalent, via hunting as groups. In fact, if men were doing the bad-ass things that they were doing in games in real life, they probably would be generating tingles in women. Alas, playing games is not going to generate tingles in the ladies, though it is much safer. Suffice it to say that young men can get hooked on this, with little reason to strive in any other area.
Of course, young men are suppose to chase after young women. They do have the thirst after all. Well, a funny thing has happened there; modern young women are often not particularly appealing, along with the fact that many are ignoring young men. So what is a young fella to do? Well, there is self-serve. Naturally enough, the act is not as good as the real thing, but there is much less cost in both time and money. Those resources can be placed into something that gives satisfaction hour after hour, the totally awesome modern video games.
So the balance sheet is looking like this:
Guaranteed hours of satisfaction playing video games along with timely cheap ersatz relief — looking good
Lots of time, effort, work to obtain significant resources in order to perhaps successfully attract a girl who might not have any other positive attribute other than her body — looking kind of iffy.
Watch for calls to ban video games in the future