Young Men Are Playing Video Games Instead of Getting Jobs. That’s OK. (For Now.) - Reason.com
Basic income proposals vary (see “The Indestructible Idea of the Universal Basic Income”), but the core idea is to provide everyone, rich or poor, with a guaranteed payment (…)
Left unanswered is the question of what happens after one’s basic needs are provided for. (…) What, in other words, would people do with their time?
Hurst’s research suggests that many people, or at least many low-skilled young men, would use it to play video games. Those living with and off of their parents are, in effect, already receiving a kind of basic income, administered privately at the family level. That is enough to survive, but for most people it is not enough to feel content.
That’s where games come in.