Joe Rogan is an American comedian, host of his own podcast "Joe Rogan Experience", and martial arts commentator. He recently sparked a strong debate on social media after saying in a chat with Joe De Sena, an author, fitness guru and businessman, that playing video games is a waste of time for most people. The big question is: Is it necessary for kids to be challenged in sports, video games, and by any other form of entertainment? But what did Rogan exactly say to his massive audience? This is not the fanciest language, but you're welcome.
"Video games are a real problem, they're a real problem. You know why? Because they're f---ing fun. You do them, and they're real exciting, but you don't get anywhere. You (could be) doing something exciting and fun, or you could just be playing f---ing video games. Three years later you could just be that same kid, playing video games, waiting for the next whatever the f---ing game is... You're gonna waste your time."
Of course Rogan is right at least on one point: Kids can do many more physically beneficial things than just sitting in front of a screen, but to say that video games are useless or harmful is to underestimate the value and benefits of such activities. Research has shown that video games can help people develop their reading, visual-spatial, problem-solving and social skills, while relieving their stress and improving their creativity, among other advantages.
As someone wrote on Twitter: "Just like playing sports is a waste of time, watching movies/tv shows is a waste of time, hanging out with friends is a waste of time, reading is a waste of time, listening/learning how to play music is a waste of time. All these things can be considered a waste of time."
On the other hand, as someone else put it: "I think without proper balance (Rogan) is absolutely right. I've first hand seen people put in 10+ hours a day into gaming with nothing to show for their lives. Moderation is key. Gaming is amazing, but without self control it absolutely can consume people's lives in the wrong ways."
Clear proof that we can find both the perfect wisdom and balance on social networks. By searching well!