There is something which has been possessing me for a while. I read some posts and watched some videos on youtube in which people who are playing video games called losers.
I am not familiar with the North American/the US culture. So I have difficulty understanding what a “loser” can mean. When you play an online game, let’s say SC2, you either lose or win. Therefore you are either loser or winner. But loser is not used is that sense in these videos or urbandictionary.com posts.
It seems to me, when they say loser, they mean someone who is playing video games instead of doing sport or socializing or going to clubs (perhaps to get laid, or just perhaps to have fun). But how can someone who only play video games be considered a loser?
You can play video games and still be a happy person. (Look I still don’t understand what loser means.)
Would you be kind enough to give an explanation of what loser means and why people could use it?
I have two follow-up questions:
Since here is an English forum, I believe there are users from various English speaking countries. My question is to them: Is the word loser used in your country/region as well? Is it possible to make a comparison about whether in the US the word is used more often or in your country the word is used more often?
Is it possible to say that loser is more often used in the US (assuming it is more often used in the US) because the US culture is inherently more capitalistic (thus more competitive) so people are much more impolite/mean towards each other and try to put each other down?
I am really interested in your answers. Thank you. Good day!