Don’t Tell Me I Waste Time Playing Video Games
It’s hard to wrap my head around the idea of sitting on my couch and doing nothing, mouth open, drooling, watching hours of spoon-fed programming in 5-minute intervals interspersed with blaring commercials and program notes sliding up, down and sideways from various screen animations. But this is exactly what people do everywhere in the USA, it seems. Nielsen released figures earlier this month that noted that for the third quarter of 2009, the average American watched 31 hours of television every week.
This is frankly stunning to me. Sure, they could be surfing the web as well during that time, but all those times someone has told me I waste time playing video games immediately come to mind. I don’t think I have EVER played 31 hours of video games in a single week, let alone every week for a three month stint. Maybe, just maybe I did so when I was single, perhaps during my first experiences with an MMO during the Ultima Online beta eons ago, but really I doubt I could have sustained that level of gaming for more than a week or two.
(Now if you’re playing video games and watching 31 hours of TV a week, I’m telling you that you really do have a problem. Personally, I watch less than 3 hours of anything resembling non-interactive TV each week, that includes rented movies. This is primarily because we turned off subscription TV early this year and haven’t looked back.)
So really, next time someone tells you to stop wasting time with video games, tell them to stop watching TV first and then come and talk to you. Not that you’ll stop playing in kind, or anything. You’ll just have more fun and interactive suggestions for their leisure time, like playing an online game together with you.Nielsen, television, time, USA, video gaming