The prophet Isaiah in the first reading tells us, “All you are thirsty, come to the water. You who have no money, come receive grain and eat; come without paying and without cost, drink wine and milk. Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what fails to satisfy?”
Currently there are more than half a billion people worldwide playing computer and video games at least an hour a day — and 183 million in the U.S. alone. The younger you are, the more likely you are to be a gamer — 99% of boys under 18 and 94% of girls under 18 report playing videogames regularly. The average young person racks up 10,000 hours of gaming by the age of 21 — or 24 hours less than they spend in a classroom for all of middle and high school if they have perfect attendance. It’s a remarkable amount of time we’re investing in games. 5 million gamers in the U.S., in fact, are spending more than 40 hours a week playing games — the equivalent of a full time job!
When I reflecting on this verse I was thinking of all the money we waste trying to satisfy our deepest thirst. I wondered how much money do we spend on video games in the United States? So I goggled it. American spend 25.3 billion dollars a year on video games.
Also, We spend 3 billion hours a week as a planet playing videogames. Is it worth it?
There is nothing wrong with video games in moderation. Maybe these numbers can make us reflect on the words of Isaiah in a new light. Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what fails to satisfy.