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Do video games have a positive effect on society?
While acceptable in moderation, video games are a waste of one's energy that could be used productively elsewhere.
Video games promote procrastination.
Like any medium, video games can act as a vehicle for communication of ideas. As such, one’s worldview might be informed by a particularly impactful story in a game, making games not a waste of time but actually a productive use of time.
In the modern age, video games have a lot of potential for personal vocation.
'Productively' suggests that anything potentially fun, stress-relieving, imaginative, intriguing, challenging, creative, inspiring, etc are also a 'waste of one's energy'.
Video games are just an alternative to currently socially acceptable TV.
Multiple forms of engaging entertainment, including puzzles or challenging books, could be subject to the same complaint.
As long as the activity provides any benefits, the complaint that it is a waste of energy is void.
So is any activity. The claim would also fit for sports activities yet noone would claim that baseball is bad for the society or a waste of energy - it's just an activity which lets you train and get in competition with others (which is a natural behaviour).