Two recent data points tending to support further the recent post here ("Social Capital Collapse And Other Supertrends") about the soaring time spent on video games instead of working:
The Staples flyer that came with my print newspaper included prominently placed ads for two different "gaming chairs." One, with "cooling fabric," is priced at $249.99; another is $129.99. Staples is an office supply store where you can also buy school supplies. It is known for things such as toner and copier paper. The chain has been challenged by the overall difficult environment for bricks-and-mortar retail. Maybe it says something about the current moment that Staples is selling chairs designed for playing video games rather than for sitting at a board meeting or in some corporate cubicle. Until I saw the Staples ad, I didn't even know there was such a thing as a "gaming chair." If there were a "blogging chair" or a "non-fiction-book-writing chair" or a "column-writing chair," I might know about it, or even put one on my chanukah list. Amazon has about 500 different video game chairs — it's a whole formal category, with "best sellers," "hot new releases" "top rated" and "most gifted."
A New York Times style section article about millennials who are quitting their jobs and "embracing the FIRE movement," which stands for "financial independence, retire early," reports, "Perhaps Mr. Long, the pharmacist in rural Tennessee, has given the most detailed, thoughtful account of someone who has fired. ...One month into FIRE, he wrote of the guilt he felt spending money (on video games), and his concern that he would be over his household budget."