[Ed. – One of those negative by-products of society-wide plenty. Used to be you didn’t have to lecture young men about the importance of working — because if they didn’t work, they didn’t eat. Now they just use food stamps and leech off Mom.]
According to research from economists from Princeton, the University of Rochester and the University of Chicago, non-college educated men are rejecting full-time employment and spending as much as 40 hours a week playing video games. While some might blame this phenomenon on the economy, evidence shows that these young males do it for the instant gratification.
“When I play a game, I know if I have a few hours I will be rewarded,” said Danny Izquierdo, a 22-year-old who lives with his parents in Silver Spring, Md. “With a job, it’s always been up in the air with the amount of work I put in and the reward.”
The University of Chicago’s Erik Hurst, an economist at the Booth School of Business, confirms that happiness, at least for now, has gone up among this group of people.