Research finds more male gamers fitting unemployment stereotype

Full disclosure here: I do not play online video games. It’s not that I don’t enjoy video games, I just don’t have the time.

It should come as no surprise that young men between the ages of 21 and 30 enjoy playing games, and new research suggests it’s a problem for some. Researchers at Princeton and the University of Chicago have completed an extensive research project that suggests young men in that age group prefer playing games over getting a real job, and they’re not interested in changing their lives.

Some of the findings suggest the stereotypes of living in their parents house playing games all day isn’t just a stereotype. Among the findings: As of 2016, 15 percent of men between 21 and 30 were unemployed and not in school. That’s nearly double the rate of 8 percent in 2000.

Of those young men, 67 percent were living at home with their parents or another relative, and those men were happy about their situation, happier that years before. Much of their social interactions were playing games online with other gamers, and the average man in that age range spends 520 hours a year on his computer —and most of that time is playing video games.

You might think the reason so many young men aren’t working is because there are fewer jobs available, but that is likely untrue. 15 percent of young men are unemployed and not in school, which is almost double the number in 2000, plus the overall unemployment rate in the United States is a very low 4.3 percent.

The study suggests things will likely get worse as video gaming continues to rise at a rapid pace with new technology coming out virtually every day. Virtual reality gaming is just now being widely available at reasonable prices. 

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