Conservative Pundit Says Video Games Are Making Men "Pathetic"

by Matt Helgeson on Oct 05, 2011 at 12:13 PM

William Bennett is a well known cultural commentator, and served as U.S. Secretary of Education under George H.W. Bush. In a recent CNN editorial, the author of the recent book The Book of Man: Readings on the Path to Manhood has harsh words for men, and cites many males' video game habits as a contributing factor to the decline of males in education and the workforce.

In the article, entitled "Why Men Are In Trouble," Bennett calls out video games in a couple of passages. In the first he writes, "Man's response has been pathetic. Today, 18-to- 34-year-old men spend more time playing video games a day than 12-to- 17-year-old boys. While women are graduating college and finding good jobs, too many men are not going to work, not getting married and not raising families. Women are beginning to take the place of men in many ways. This has led some to ask: do we even need men?"

He concludes the article by stating "We may need to say to a number of our twenty-something men, 'Get off the video games five hours a day, get yourself together, get a challenging job and get married.' It's time for men to man up."

Harsh words indeed.

(Thanks to several GI readers for the news tip)