Joe Rogan has claimed that video games are a “waste of time,” landing himself in yet another “controversy.” Speaking in episode 1514 of his podcast, he argues that they’re so much “fun” they distract people from more meaningful pursuits.
The same can be said for Joe Rogan. What has listening to his podcast actually helped any of his listeners to achieve? Are they smarter? More educated? Do they now have better jobs? Are they fitter? More creative? Have they helped make the world a better place?
The answer to all of these questions is: no. Joe Rogan is a waste of time for most people. Although he’s too pretentious to ever realize or acknowledge this.
Joe Rogan’s problem with video games seems to be that he likes them too much.
Rogan’s main argument is that gamers would be better off doing something that actually aided their self-development. Playing video games consumes hours of their time without (arguably) giving anything back in return.
You [could be] doing something exciting and fun, or you could just be playing f**king video games. Three years later you could just be that same kid, playing video games, waiting for the next whatever the f**k game is… You’re gonna waste your time.
Rogan did acknowledge the existence of professional gamers. But he suggested they’re the exception rather than the rule.
This is why Rogan thinks video games are a waste of time for “most people.” He may be surprised to find that most people seem to disagree, at least judging by reactions on Twitter.
Critics like Rogan have been scapegoating video games for decades. They may be a “waste of time” and even destructive when played to excess. But the same can be said for many, many other consumeristic pursuits.
Television and moves are the first things that come to mind. 95% of TV is utter bilge. Rogan’s argument against video games can even be leveled against “good” TV. What do you actually gain from watching, say, Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad?
The same can be said for sport. You may think that pro football or baseball provides people with healthy examples. But judging by America’s staggering 42.4% obesity rate, most sports fans should replace watching sports with doing them.
It’s clear that video games aren’t alone in (arguably) being a pastime that doesn’t help you become a “better” person. So why did Rogan single them out?
It turns out he was speaking from experience. According to past comments unearthed on Twitter, he has actually spoken of his own video game “addiction” on several occasions.
Joe Rogan loves video games. He loves then too much, which is why he suggested games are a “waste of time.”
They’ve been a waste of time for him, apparently. That doesn’t mean they’ll be a waste of time for everyone else. Although judging by the inconsistency of Rogan’s opinions, it seems like his podcast falls into this category.
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