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The Demise of Young American Men – Porn and Video Games

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

According to Psychologist Philip Zombardo, today’s young men are destined for failure in part because of porn and video games. In his controversial book The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling And What We Can Do About It, Zimbardo and co-author Nikita Duncan outline why he thinks men are failing in education and personal relationships.

Below are some highlights from the book via Business Insider:

  • Females currently outperform males at every level, from grade school to graduate school. Boys are 30 percent more likely than girls to drop out of high school and college, according to the National Center of Education Statistics.
  • In 2011, young men’s SAT scores were the worst they had been in 40 years.
  • Boys are four to five times more likely than girls to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Two-thirds of students in special education programs are guys.
  • The average boy spends 13 hours a week playing video games. The average girl spends 5. The average young American will spend 10,000 hours playing video games by age 21. That’s twice the time it takes to earn a bachelor’s degree.
  • The average high school boy spends two hours watching porn every week. Men can’t escape porn: 13,500 full-length commercial porn films were released in 2011, compared with 600 Hollywood films.
  • Researchers claim that internet pornography is hurting young boys’ ability to form meaningful romantic relationships because they objectify their partner.
While I don’t think playing video games or watching porn is inherently wrong, excessive access may distract young boys/men from taking part in activities such as doing homework, reading, or playing sports.
Check out this graph from Zombardo’s book:

Source: Business Insider

Takeaway: Despite some of the benefits associated with children playing video games or using computers, parents may want to consider limiting access.

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