The answer to this question will always be subjective, but here is my opinion. As someone who plays a lot of video games I understand why people who don’t play may think it’s a waste of time. And then there’s other people who say “why should I care how other people spend their time?”
If you’re a parent then you have good reason to care, because it’s true that many kids who build the habit of playing video games every day may still have that habit by the time they’re an adult. I won’t get into how people can become professional gamers to make millions of dollars because there are a billion gamers around the world and only a few thousand of them have made it to that level. Most gamers either do it for fun or because they’re addicted.
I have a friend who strongly believe it’s a waste of time to play video games, but only if you play for more than 4 hours a week. He believes this because he wants to be a Hollywood actor and so he knows that every hour spent doing something other than following his dream is dangerous to his career goal. We only have so much time on this planet and so if you make the decision early in life that you are going to spend a lot of time throughout your life playing video games then you better make peace with that decision because when you’re middle aged it will be too late to get that time back.
My concrete opinion is that it’s different for every individual. If you’re content with the job you have and don’t have many long-term goals, then there’s nothing wrong with playing a lot of video games so long as you’re having fun. In other cases where a person is trying to succeed at a long-term goal, it may be a waste of time to play too many video games because you should be doing other things. Also, if you’re developing a video game or being paid for it, then only you can look inside yourself and answer the question “is this a waste of time?“
If this didn’t answer your question then stay tuned because I’ll be discussing this more in the future. Thanks for reading.