Dating and video games
Hurst describes his findings as “staggering” and observes of his own twelve-year old son, “If it were up to him, I have no doubt he would play video games 23 and a half hours per day. If we didn’t ration video games, I am not sure he would ever eat.
My brother and I loved going to local arcades and try to make a few quarters last as long as possible.
Recent studies found that households making between ,000 and ,000 a year spent 92 more minutes per week online than households making 0,000 plus a year.
The image of legions of men in their parents’ basements playing video games for hours on end may seem pathetic or sad. “Happiness has gone up for this group,” says the University of Chicago’s Erik Hurst, despite the high rate of unemployment.
By 2011 to 2014, the average time spent per week had more than doubled to 8.6 hours.
The economists conducting the study, led by the University of Chicago’s Erik Hurst, strained to figure out whether men who were already detached were playing video games to pass the time, or whether video games were actually causing them to drop out. Their research indicated that improved technological entertainment options, primarily video games, are responsible for between 20 and 33 percent of reduced work hours.
“When I play a game, I know if I have a few hours I will be rewarded,” said one 22-year-old who lives with his parents in Silver Spring, Md.