New study: men are working less, playing video games more

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Men, it’s time to come back to reality -- and your jobs. 

A new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research indicates that men in their 20’s are working 203 hours less per year --And they’re replacing it with video games. The report credits "a sizable improvement in technology for computer and video gaming," the Washington Examiner reports. 

In fact, all Americans are playing more games these days. According to the Washington Post, “The typical American now spends more time playing games than volunteering, going to social events or going to church.”

Video games have changed a lot over the years. In addition to better graphics, gamers can easily link up with friends across the world and enjoy camaraderie in a virtual world. 

Along with the social aspect to gaming, it is also a form of escape.

"It's a world in and of itself, so if you're having a difficult time with reality, it helps you to kind of pull back and focus on something that feels good," Dr. Ben Michaelis told FOX 5 New York.

 

While the report suggests that innovations to gaming may have dynamic effects on the labor supply -- Fighting Nazi zombies does sound a lot more fun than a cubicle.

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