Games, porn are destroying your life says new TED book

Creator of the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment Dr. Philip Zimbardo and his assistant Nikita Duncan says the addictions to video games and pornography are ruining the lives of young men.

In the book, “The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It,” they say video games and pornography create an ‘arousal addiction’ which creates a dependency in the person to satisfy this addiction by constantly seeking out new experiences.

They state that this arousal addiction is fostering a generation of young males that shy away from relationships, school and work.

Duncan, who is also a visual artist that’s done a series of abstract painting depicting orgasms, says it’s a misuse of technology that’s causing the problem.

“There’s a general overuse of video games and porn – especially in social isolation – which is not balanced out by other activities like exercise, face-to face socialization with peers, or individual time with any kind of male mentor,” she says in a TED interview.

Dr. Zimbardo claims that males are being left behind because of arousal addiction.

“Guys’ brains are being forever altered with prescription drugs, illegal drugs that have ever-increasing potency, and overstimulation from enticing images and games. All of this make them less motivated to deal with a quickly evolving reality. Young men are getting left behind socially, sexually, and financially,” says Dr. Zimbardo.


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Author: Khristopher Reardon View all posts by
Khristopher is a well-to-do journalist with a video game addiction and a knack for writing. He's been playing video games for over two decades and gets a little bit itchy whenever he sees something new which tickles his fancy.