There seem to be incessant complaints about (typically young) fellas who play video games. They are wasting their lives, their time, etc. is the normal refrain. They need to man up is the typical solution. Video games, of course, are so very appealing to men. They get to engage in simulated version of what men were made to do — win/conquer with a combination of physical skills and guile (i.e. hunting). This all becomes even better when they can do it as a team with their buddies.
Let us consider this a bit more. What is the worst impact on society of these fellas engaging in this? Well, it mostly seems to be wasted time. This time could have been used to do more productive things, like working, improving your skills with respect to your job, etc.
Switching gears, let us consider Facebook and other social media. As a disclaimer, these sites can have positive impacts, such as allowing one to keep up with far away relatives, checking out events in a community, etc. Now that the disclaimer is done, it is time to consider social media’s impact on girls and women. I have seen (and heard numerous reports of) women who waste hour after hour engaged in social media. Women are social creatures, and this kind of stuff is what they were seemingly built to do. However, in the nasty world of the not so distant past, goofing off like this would have not been either feasible or tolerated; as they were too busy trying to survive.
So we have the guys doing what they were built to do — play games. We have gals doing what they were built to do — social stuff. Is it a wash? Are they more or less equivalent in terms of impact on society? The answer is no. As suggested earlier, playing games is just a time-waster; doing social stuff is a time-waster plus it leads to many negative side effects,
I. Gossip on steroids with all of the evils that result
II. Posturing for the sake of gathering affirmations (e.g. trolling for likes)
III. The normal indirect underhanded back-biting that women do naturally is now pumped up with steroids.
IV. Envy is encouraged.
V. Puffing yourself up, leading to believing that you deserve more.
Please feel free to add your own ideas.
Now who’s pastime deserves more social reproach?