I've come across an article that gives food for thought, about this subject. The article is at: http://www.returnofkings.com/23090/video-games-are-soma-for-men
And here is a transcript of what I find most important:
Why is it that men will often choose the warm glow of a television screen over the soothing embrace of a beautiful woman? Why do men waste so much of their precious life ruthlessly leveling up a bunch of pixels instead of working to reach their true potential?
A pessimist might argue that the ills of our culture leave men no choice but to self-medicate with achievement through technology. After sleep and a job, the only way to escape the doldrums seems to be to plug into another world. The way I see it video games are filling the holes left in many mens’ lives. They provide:
- A sense of achievement
- Instant gratification
- Fulfillment of man’s desire to create
- The ability to live a thousand different lives
- Sense of camaraderie and community
Men can get all of this out of a simple video game, but how is it that they never grow despite it all?
Video games are finite. When a man unplugs he returns to his average life where he has no tangible rewards from his spent time. He must continuously play in order to get the same satisfaction, lest the sheer immensity of life crush him. It is far easier to be a new man every day than it is to build one’s current self from rubble. Detached from the facade he realizes that he is 27 and has not achieved anything, he has not created anything, he has not lived his life, and he has no other men to share his successes and failures with. Many men are weak and this is too much. For others it is just the motivation they need to impose their will on the world.
Do you think video games can limit men and women's potential? And what do you think about the article above?