No I’d never say that about the opposite sex, but conservative pundit William Bennett sure doesn’t have a problem thinking or even saying so. In his recent book titled The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood he refers to video games several times in an article dubbed “Why Men Are In Trouble.”
“Man’s response has been pathetic. Today, 18-to- 34-year-old men spend more time playing video games a day than 12-to- 17-year-old boys. While women are graduating college and finding good jobs, too many men are not going to work, not getting married and not raising families. Women are beginning to take the place of men in many ways. This has led some to ask: do we even need men?”
His closing statement is as follows: “We may need to say to a number of our twenty-something men, ‘Get off the video games five hours a day, get yourself together, get a challenging job and get married.’ It’s time for men to man up.”
Let’s think for one second. First, you bet your butt these men are playing games because they are having trouble finding jobs. And what do you do when you can’t find a job? Well, if you like video games you’re going to play them. Guess what? It’s what I do too! Every free moment of my time is video games if I can make it possible. Secondly, Mr. Bennett, did it ever occur to you that not everyone wants to get married and have babies? And thirdly, just who is asking “do we need men?” I call bs on that. Unless you’re spending all your time on video games and not doing anything else, I’m pretty sure men are still useful. You know, like lifting those heavy boxes full of video games that I own.
The truth is several hours of gaming does not make a man pathetic. Maybe men in their 30′s didn’t play video games back in your time, but that’s because they didn’t exist. However, my 32 year old brother still plays his EA Sports games and such. Why? Because he grew up on that stuff. This is the norm now. It’s nothing new.
Sure, there are those that will sit and do nothing but play video games, but there are plenty of fine young men out there who work, go to school, and make time to kick some butt in Call of Duty. So, Mr. Bennett, it’s with the utmost respect that I say shove it before I use my Dragon Age Mage abilities on you.