I am thinking about the effect that video games have on mental development. You are given a task (e.g. shoot the other guy) or a sequence tasks, and you have to complete the tasks in order to win. This must have a horrible effect on mental development, because it robs you of the opportunity to think outside of the confines of tasks. I had a friend/coworker who was a video game addict in his mid 30s, and he was a total idolator. He did a good job for his bosses at work, but he was not able to think in a global way. I worked on an app with him, but he was not able to recognize the shittiness of the Android SDK. He just accepted the challenge of jumping through all the hoops to get the code to work with the Android SDK, just like he would accept the challenge of jumping through all the hoops to win a video game. He also blindly accepts whatever liberal propaganda tech scum feed him, because he lacks the ability to think globally, and question the more fundamental principles, even though he is very intelligent in the more task-oriented way (e.g. he can easily solve a brain-teaser they might ask for a programming job interview).
I am currently visiting family, looking at how intensely my younger cousins are enjoying their video games and it makes me want to cry. I am worried that it is going to cause them to grow up to be idolators. I stopped playing videos at age 14, because for whatever reason I just suddenly got bored of them, and I think this may be one of the reasons I did not grow up to be an idolator.
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