Study: Young men prefer playing video games to looking for jobs; ‘happiness has gone up’

Study: Young men prefer playing video games to looking for jobs; ‘happiness has gone up’

[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.

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