I don’t really care about that stuff since people of all ages embrace violent, distracting, and mindless entertainment from other areas. When video games become a problem, in my opinion, is when they take away from real life success.
Video games started out pretty basic. They had decent plots, but the vast majority were very linear. For example, in Super Mario brothers (for the arcade and NES), you could pretty much take one or two paths to the end of each level. And, once you beat the game there was little else to do with it. You played these games, then you returned to your life (for the most part).
Video games today are more like complex universes. It’s possible to almost literally live there (emotionally anyway). And, the video game world bears little resemblance to real life.
Let me give you an example. A guy could be a total loser in real life, but in his video game world be a powerful soldier who stands up to others and gets beautiful women. And, being in the video game world is obviously preferred to being in the real one since his real world experience isn’t very happy.
This is where the problems come in. A guy who cares about real life (has friends, dates, etc.) can play a game, even a lot, and still be normal. But, there are some guys who sadly make their fantasy a reality. That’s a problem.
Technology is still fake. You can kill millions of zombies in a game and it doesn’t make you tough. You can talk to beautiful women in a game and it doesn’t get you real female contact. Your experience points don’t translate into real world success. I hate to break it to many obsessed gamers, but it’s FAKE. And, hot women and successful men in the real world don’t care.
Not only that, but guys who spend all day playing games aren’t working on the social skills or pursuing the real world relationships necessary to truly be happy and successful.
Fortunately, at The Popular Teen (and The Popular Man), we offer tips to be popular and successful in the real world. But, you have to live in the real world (mentally and emotionally) first. If you are more engaged in a video game then the game of life, it’s time for a change.
Hang up the controller and start finding success in real life. It’s much more fun anyway.