Everyone I know plays video games and if a recent survey by the NPD group is to be trusted, people have actually increased the amount of time spent playing video games. I don’t see that as a bad thing. It depends on the person. Some people will play and neglect everything else. Others are more responsible. For some people it can be a real problem.
In fact, over in Japan, they are starting what they are calling “No Video Game Day”. It’s not a nationwide initiative but an initiative rolled out by the Hokkaido Prefecture. Basically every month, two days will be spent not playing video games in order to help improve the test scores of students, which are apparently down in that Prefecture.
Apparently officials have decided that video games are to blame, so they have taken these measures. I think they are going to learn the hard way that video games are not to blame in this case. One good thing is that this “No Video Game Day” encourages children to spend time with their friends and family, instead of staying home playing games. The initiative is expected to kick off on the first and third Sunday of February. Good luck with that.