Video games, porn causing ‘masculinity crisis’ in young men

Video games, porn causing ‘masculinity crisis’ in young men

[Ed. – I’m willing to bet the overwhelming majority of the young men with these addictions were effectively raised without fathers. A father shaping his sons into men keeps them too busy to get addicted to video games and porn.]

A leading psychologist has warned that young men are facing a crisis of masculinity due to excessive use of video games and pornography.

Psychologist and professor emeritus at Stanford University Phillip Zimbardo has made the warnings, which form a major part of his latest book, Man (Dis)Connected. …

He said: “Our focus is on young men who play video games to excess, and do it in social isolation – they are alone in their room.”

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“Now, with freely available pornography, which is unique in history, they are combining playing video games, and as a break, watching on average, two hours of pornography a week.” …

He cited the example of a mother he met while conducting the study whose son does not see the problem in playing video games for up to 15 hours a day. …

Citing the research he and his team conducted for the book, he says: “It begins to change brain function. It begins to change the reward centre of the brain, and produces a kind of excitement and addiction.”

“What I’m saying is – boys’ brains are becoming digitally rewired.”

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