Playing video games for many hours a day every day. Listening to music for many hours a day every day. . Watching television shows or movies. Maybe even remaining within your own self generated fantasy worlds. It all takes away from this life and the intentional energy you put into it. As time moves forward as it always does. You may find yourself behind your peers, maybe 1 year or 2 years or even decades.
I have already seen this in many young people. Bragging about how they remained awake to play some online game for the entire weekend. Or failed to get the required 9 hours of sleep for teens on a school night to achieve some rare piece of digital crystal. Staying awake and not doing school work because their clan or group had to come together at a specific time to conquer some great and fearsome monster.
All of that time spent in fantasy worlds steals away your opportunities for real advantages in this life.
Since 2008. The education paradigm has changed. In order to just become minimally employed. You must have a basic 4 year degree in an accepted major for gainful employment. Then if you desire promotions. You will need more advanced degrees or multiple mutually beneficial degrees for your area of expertise. For instance a robotics engineer will need more than a robotics degree. He/she will need computer science, electrical and mechanical degrees. Those are mutually related to one another. You cannot achieve any of those degrees if you are spending an excessive amount of time in your chosen fantasy worlds. It matters not how intelligent everyone knows you are. No college degree NO Quality JOB. No college degrees. NO ADVANCEMENT.
The generations after 2008 will become the first one to experience education forever just to maintain employment.
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