Recreational activities show clear clues about societal problems at the heart of the issue by challenging there value, or lack thereof. The question is: are they worth the time they take, time that would otherwise be better spent elsewhere? One need not look far to see their obvious act of merit involved. Most are an abominable waste of time, and time is the most valuable thing we have in life because it is life.
We may have all the things money can buy but without time they are worthless, they have no value because we have no time in our life for anything. On the other hand we may have no money but if we have time we can still do things because we have a life. So people who waste their valuable time with recreational activities are flushing their lives down the proverbial toilet. The combined number of everyone who has ever participated in such activities constitute a holocaust of biblical proportions, and anyone who has ever promoted these recreational activities should be retroactively charged and tried for genocidal crime against humanity.
Defenders argue that play activities have a beneficial effect on our overall well being, giving us a certain sense of satisfaction. This is exactly what one would expect to hear from someone promoting masturbation. The problem again is that the substantive factor involved in recreational activities does not warrant their doing. The loss of time, energy, and wasted human effort is outweighed by other priorities.