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How video games may be affecting young men's path to the job market

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A man plays an XBox One - a new video game console and home entertainment system made by Microsoft- while waiting in line to buy an XBox One from a Microsoft "pop-up shop" at the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle on 22, 2013 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Playing video games is a more mainstream hobby than it's ever been before. But while more and more people mark themselves as gamers, one the medium's largest demographics remains adolescent men.

As video games continue to get more complex and intricate, they continue to capture the attention of the work-age, young men demographic. These same people are also faced with realities of life that aren't easy, including a difficult job market. That's why many are dropping out of the job market all together. According to a recent piece in The Economist by  Ryan Avent, the reason for the drop off could be because they're more attracted to the alternate reality of video games as a means to escape their real-life problems.

How does someone indulge their hobbies without letting them take over their obligations to be a functioning member of society?

Do video games, which usually involve goals and set tasks to complete those goals, create an unrealistic expectation for how life is supposed to work?


Douglas Gentile, Ph.D., professor of developmental psychology at Iowa State University

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