For example, if the main purpose of your games is to relax and waste your time, playing can be a decent activity, as long as you play sparingly. Sitting in the same place for long periods of time is as dangerous as smoking. It causes heart disease, diabetes and even some types of cancer. The games keep your eyes glued to the screen and your butt glued to the seat.
Games are a waste of time. Some games are even specifically designed to be a waste of time. But playing games is no more wasteful than reading a book, for example, or watching a movie. While organizations that defend the industry are courageously fighting to eliminate “gambling disorder” from the WHO International Classification of Diseases, most of us know someone (or know firsthand) that it's hard to stop playing some games.
According to a recent study by the NPD group, 73% of Americans over the age of 2 play video games of some kind. So if you now have a rough idea of why you play, it's important to know that each activity has its advantages and disadvantages. The (more or less) straw man's argument here is to take people who spend 12 hours a day playing games like Fortnite, failing classes, not getting enough sleep, not leaving home, not interacting in person with other people, etc. But of course, if your goal is to become a professional player and earn a living that So, gaming might not be a big waste of time.
Modern games are increasingly using Skinner Boxes or slot machine tactics to get you to play just one more round. For a moment, let's put aside the very small percentage of people who become obsessed or addicted to video games. If that's your case, playing is a waste of time, just like any other activity with the same advantages and disadvantages in this regard. You can play almost anywhere: on the bus, on your phone, at home, on your PC or console, and even on vacation, on your Nintendo Switch.
It doesn't matter how many times I politely point out that the global gaming industry is now worth more than the music and film industries combined.