Escape to another world | 1843


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As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality.
gaming  employment  economics  culture  games 
20 days ago by soobrosa
David Mullings was always a self-starter. Born in Jamaica, he moved to Florida to go to university, and founded his first company – a digital media firm that…
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29 days ago by bdeskin
David Mullings was always a self-starter. Born in Jamaica, he moved to Florida to go to university, and founded his first company – a digital media firm that…
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5 weeks ago by dylan
David Mullings was always a self-starter. Born in Jamaica, he moved to Florida to go to university, and founded his first company – a digital media firm that…
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5 weeks ago by zseward
As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality. Ryan Avent suspects this is the beginning of something big
videogames  lifestyle  escapism  gaming  work  taglater 
5 weeks ago by ohhappydayne
In 2015, 22% of men in their 20's hadn't been employed for a year, live with their parents, and appear to be playing video games constantly

"As games improve, the terms of this trade-off change. Among those predisposed to the leisure-luxury life, better games mean people are quicker to swap working hours for gaming hours; given nes-era gaming technology, a twenty-something might decline an opportunity for overtime work to have a little longer with Mario and Luigi. Now, a part-time job might be all they are willing to do, so good are the worlds and characters waiting at home. For those with the means, any hour on the job is an hour too much."

Gaming while young is pleasurable but risky because when you get older and your tastes change and become more expensive, you won't have had a career built.

"One can just about spot the vision of a distant, near-workless future in the habits of young gamers. If good things in life can be had for very little money, then working hard to have more than very little money looks less attractive."

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“Underemployment” – work in a position for which one is overqualified – has risen steadily since the beginning of the millennium; the share of recent college graduates working in jobs which did not require a college degree rose from just over 30% in the early 2000s to nearly 45% a decade later.

A life spent buried in video games, scraping by on meagre pay from irregular work or dependent on others, might seem empty and sad. Whether it is emptier and sadder than one spent buried in finance, accumulating points during long hours at the office while neglecting other aspects of life, is a matter of perspective. But what does seem clear is that the choices we make in life are shaped by the options available to us. A society that dislikes the idea of young men gaming their days away should perhaps invest in more dynamic difficulty adjustment in real life. And a society which regards such adjustments as fundamentally unfair should be more tolerant of those who choose to spend their time in an alternate reality, enjoying the distractions and the succour it provides to those who feel that the outside world is more rigged than the game.]]
gaming  unemployment  time  job  economics 
6 weeks ago by dandv
Put differently, it's the social connections, when one lacks any meaningful ones, and recognizes the absence.
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8 weeks ago by gourock_swimming
Recommended by Cowen, but found it contains distinct flavors of ERE.

"People work for many reasons – to occupy their time, to find purpose in life and to contribute to society, among other things – but the need to earn money typically comes top of the list. Money puts food on the table, clothes in the wardrobe and a roof overhead. Yet these days, satisfying those needs in the most basic way does not take an especially large income, particularly for those with the option of depending on family members for assistance. The reason to work harder and earn more than the minimum needed to survive is, in part, the desire to have something more than the bare necessities – nice meals, rather than the cheapest calories available, a car, holidays abroad, a home full of books and art. Much of the work we do is intended to earn the money to afford a few luxuries to add to our comfort and enrich our lives.
Yet we face a trade-off. The harder we work, the less time we have to enjoy the luxuries our labour affords us. The more lavish the luxuries we seek, the more we must earn to acquire them, and the longer and harder we find ourselves working."
economics  politics  dystopia  ere  cowen 
9 weeks ago by olepig
David Mullings was always a self-starter. Born in Jamaica, he moved to Florida to go to university, and founded his first company – a digital media firm that helped Caribbean content find a wider audience – before finishing business school at the University of Miami. via Pocket
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9 weeks ago by hansdorsch
Video games and universal basic income and the beginning of our virtual cocooning.
economics 
9 weeks ago by hypcourt
David Mullings was always a self-starter. Born in Jamaica, he moved to Florida to go to university, and founded his first company – a digital media firm that…
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9 weeks ago by taonga
Are video games a good or bad place to disappear to?

What does the future look like if there isn't a social stigma against them? Black Mirror? How can we make video game playing productive?

Is tapping into the virtual world the start of the next concise world? AHhhhhh
future  culture  psychology 
9 weeks ago by mkatase
- changing gender roles, changing expectations of what they can achieve and escapism
gaming  consumerbehaviour  totwitter 
10 weeks ago by renaissancechambara
David Mullings was always a self-starter. Born in Jamaica, he moved to Florida to go to university, and founded his first company – a digital media firm that helped Caribbean content find a wider audience – before finishing business school at the University of Miami. via Pocket
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10 weeks ago by drewcaldwell
Very good piece on the impact of "leisure luxuries" on work:
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10 weeks ago by john_horton
A life spent buried in video games, scraping by on meagre pay from irregular work or dependent on others, might seem empty and sad. Whether it is emptier and sadder than one spent buried in finance, accumulating points during long hours at the office while neglecting other aspects of life, is a matter of perspective. But what does seem clear is that the choices we make in life are shaped by the options available to us. A society that dislikes the idea of young men gaming their days away should perhaps invest in more dynamic difficulty adjustment in real life. And a society which regards such adjustments as fundamentally unfair should be more tolerant of those who choose to spend their time in an alternate reality, enjoying the distractions and the succour it provides to those who feel that the outside world is more rigged than the game.
games  society  culture  blog 
10 weeks ago by rianvdm
David Mullings was always a self-starter. Born in Jamaica, he moved to Florida to go to university, and founded his first company – a digital media firm that…
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10 weeks ago by lou31
Dit artikel is een heel goed argument tegen of voor een basisinkomen (ik neig naar tegen):
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10 weeks ago by alper
A life spent buried in video games, scraping by on meagre pay from irregular work or dependent on others, might seem empty and sad. Whether it is emptier and sadder than one spent buried in finance, accumulating points during long hours at the office while neglecting other aspects of life, is a matter of perspective.
10 weeks ago by souldoubt
David Mullings was always a self-starter. Born in Jamaica, he moved to Florida to go to university, and founded his first company – a digital media firm that…
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10 weeks ago by kfinlayson
In the 1950s, futurists hoped we'd work way less. Now it's happening, and it doesn't seem so good.
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10 weeks ago by alpinegizmo
"Stand back, however, and the implications are far more substantial than this. One can just about spot the vision of a distant, near-workless future in the habits of young gamers. If good things in life can be had for very little money, then working hard to have more than very little money looks less attractive. The history of the industrial era has been one in which technology has reduced the proportion of income devoted to necessities like food while providing vast new possibilities for consumption. As this happened, the hours worked by the typical person declined."
10 weeks ago by andrewpbrett
Mullings’s friends invited him to join them in playing Destiny, a “massively multi­player online game” (meaning that lots of different people around the world…
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10 weeks ago by urbansheep
As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality. Ryan Avent suspects this is the beginning of something big
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10 weeks ago by anaximander
"As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality. Ryan Avent suspects this is the beginning of something big."
society  video-games  escapism  economics  mens-issues  sad  incentives  20s 
10 weeks ago by ilhan
As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality. Ryan Avent suspects this is the beginning of something big
economics  employment  videogames  psychology 
10 weeks ago by Chirael
David Mullings was always a self-starter. Born in Jamaica, he moved to Florida to go to university, and founded his first company – a digital media firm that helped Caribbean content find a wider audience – before finishing business school at the University of Miami.
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10 weeks ago by rwhe
As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality. Ryan Avent suspects this is the beginning of something big
10 weeks ago by scwebd
A life spent buried in video games, scraping by on meagre pay from irregular work or dependent on others, might seem empty and sad. Whether it is emptier and sadder than one spent buried in finance, accumulating points during long hours at the office while neglecting other aspects of life, is a matter of perspective. But what does seem clear is that the choices we make in life are shaped by the options available to us. A society that dislikes the idea of young men gaming their days away should perhaps invest in more dynamic difficulty adjustment in real life. And a society which regards such adjustments as fundamentally unfair should be more tolerant of those who choose to spend their time in an alternate reality, enjoying the distractions and the succour it provides to those who feel that the outside world is more rigged than the game.
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10 weeks ago by petej
Disturbingly close to home. I've played many of these games. A truly excellent long read. - The games were an escape from reality. Emily is a fan of the Fallout franchise: a series of role-playing games set in the future, after a nuclear apocalypse. Gaming lifted her mood, she tells me; achievements within them allowed her to feel that she was getting something right at a time when most things were going wrong. She knew it was only tricking her brain. She would beat herself up sometimes after playing for hours, rueing the potentially productive time lost to games. Now, in hindsight, she says she is glad she had the ability to escape for a while.
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10 weeks ago by shaunkoh
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10 weeks ago by wiobyrne
This is such a great story on video games destroying the will to work:
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10 weeks ago by gpadgett
RT : Excellent, long piece reporting on how games are more alluring than crappy jobs for youth:
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10 weeks ago by dave_sullivan
Gaming
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10 weeks ago by akvera
RT : Excellent, long piece reporting on how games are more alluring than crappy jobs for youth:
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10 weeks ago by rtanglao
Excellent, long piece reporting on how games are more alluring than crappy jobs for youth:
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10 weeks ago by willie
David Mullings was always a self-starter. Born in Jamaica, he moved to Florida to go to university, and founded his first company – a digital media firm that…
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10 weeks ago by adrian802
As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality. Ryan Avent suspects this is the beginning of something big
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11 weeks ago by nhaliday