Many young men in America are all too readily looking for fun in all the wrong places – most notably, in cyber places. As in, video games. Virtual reality. Playing. Pretending. Instead of applying their amazing minds to problem-solving at a job, some are using those skills on strategy games. Instead of working up a sweat in manual labor, they’re straining their thumbs on PlayStation. Instead of the adrenaline rush of serving their country in the military, they’re creating chases and combat out of pixels. Rather than working hard at real-life relationships, they live in a world of assumed identity.
Let’s call them back. Call them up from the basement and out into the world. Challenge the young man in your world to be a Big Brother. To volunteer with a youth sports team. Help repair a neighbor’s house or fix a relative’s car. Get a job. Serve others. Maybe even explore Entrust’s STEP initiative. What a great way to put all that virtual experience to good use!