Why are role-playing games held in such distain?
I’ve played Dungeons and Dragons, among other games, since I was six. Usually, when I mention this to someone, I get a reaction somewhere between confusion, amusement, and mild scorn. Occasionally, someone will be genuinely interested, but mostly they write the hobby off as a sign of irredeemable nerdiness.
So here’s the question: why? Why do people automatically assume that role-playing games are the purview of socially inept weirdos who live with their parents? Of course, not everyone does this, but a surprising majority still do. So, why is this impression so fixed in people’s minds, and (this is important) what could be done to correct it?
This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.