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Did Videogames and Pornography Put Masculinity in Crisis?
Some of you will find this claim interesting, some would say it is hilarious and others might actually agree with it. I leave that up to you to decide, but the fact of the matter is, there are researchers who think that pornography coupled with videogames is actually a serious issue that has driven masculinity to a crisis.
Phillip Zimbardo, a psychologist and a professor at Stanford University is the primary researcher who advocates that “young men who play video games to excess, and do it in social isolation” are the victims in this case.
According to him, the brains of these youngsters are being rewired because “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.”
This is leading to a new form of addiction towards the two activities and that results in the purported masculinity crisis.
He also believes that excessive internet, videogames and porn are the primary hindrances in the path of academic achievements and social development of the youth.
Here’s one example given by Zimbardo to explain the situation
When I’m in class, I’ll wish I was playing World of Warcraft. When I’m with a girl, I’ll wish I was watching pornography, because I’ll never get rejected.
He warns that this type of thinking “begins to change brain function. It begins to change the reward centre of the brain, and produces a kind of excitement and addiction.”
Zimbardo even related erectile dysfunction to excess of porn although there are others who claim that no scientific links have been demonstrated between the two.
Phillip Zimbardo has written a whole book on what he regards as the crisis born out of porn and videogames titled Man (Dis)connected.
Do you think his claims are legit?