Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Video Game Trap Some Young Men Are Too Busy Playing to Work

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Video Game Trap Some Young Men Are Too Busy Playing to Work

Article excerpt

A group of economists released a paper recently suggesting young men are working fewer hours because they are spending so much time playing video games. Video games might also help explain a study last month from Johns Hopkins University researchers who said today's 19-year-old is as sedentary as a 60-year-old.

Inactive lifestyles, obesity and the opioid epidemic have combined to end a streak of life expectancy increases. In 2015, the number dropped for the first time in two decades - from 78.9 to 78.8. Social media, phones, video games and TV are keeping people from being on their feet, from making friends and from being productive.

The economists found that American men 21 to 30 were working 203 fewer hours a year than the same age group did in 2000. …

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