Hey Jerkoffs, put down the game controllers and read this

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  1. SouthernListen

    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    Porn and video game addiction are leading to 'masculinity crisis', says Stanford prison experiment psychologist

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    A leading psychologist has warned that young men's brains are being 'digitally rewired' by unprecedented use of video games and pornography

    DOUG BOLTON



    Sunday 10 May 2015

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    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 UniversityPhillip Zimbardo has made the warnings, which form a major part of his latest book, Man (Dis)Connected.

    In an interview on the BBC World Service's Weekend programme, Zimbardo spoke about the results of his study, an in-depth look into the lives of 20,000 young men and their relationships with video games and pornography.

    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."

    "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."

    Zimbardo says there is a "crisis" amongst young men, a high number of whom are experiencing a "new form of addiction" to excessive use of pornography and video games.

    Zimbardo gave a TED talk in 2011 outlining the problems facing young men's social development and academic achievement, which he puts down to excessive use of porn, video games and the internet.

    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.

    Zimbardo said: "For me, 'excess' is not the number of hours, it's a psychological change in mindset."

    Giving an example of the mindset of a gaming and pornography-addicted young man, he says: "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."

    Zimbardo claims that this relatively new phenomenon is affecting the minds of young men.

    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."

    He also mentioned the growing problem of a disputed phenomenon called 'porn-induced erectile dysfunction', or PIED: "Young boys who should be virile are now having a problem getting an erection."

    "You have this paradox - they're watching exciting videos that should be turning them on, and they can't get turned on."

    An article from Psychology Today, however, argues that there are no demonstrable scientific links between porn consumption and erectile dysfunction.

    In his opinion, the solution is to accept that the problem is serious - parents must become aware of the number of hours a child is spending alone in their room playing games and watching porn at the expense of other activities.

    [​IMG]Zimbardo believes that excessive, solitary use of video games and porn is seriously stunting boys' social developmentHe also blamed negative images of men in the American media, which show men as being "slobs, undesirable, only wanting to get laid and being inadequate in doing that."

    He also called for better sex education in schools - which should focus not only on biology and safety, but also on emotions, physical contact and romantic relationships.

    The pressing issue of male mental health is now a much more prominent concern than it once was. Last year saw the first Male Psychology Conference at University College London, intended to encourage the British Psychological Society to introduce a male specialist section, to sit alongside its female equivalent.

    The charity Campaign Against Living Miserably, or CALM, was started in 2006 and has gained a high profile in recent years, for its efforts to encourage men to discuss mental health problems and bring down the male suicide rate.

    Phillip Zimbardo is famous for the 1971 Stanford prison experiment, in which 24 students were asked to play the roles of 'guards' and 'prisoners' in a mock prison at Standford University. Intended to last for two weeks, the experiment was abandoned after six days, after the previously normal 'guards' became extremely sadistic and the 'prisoners' became submissive and depressed.

    The experiment is believed to demonstrate the extreme impressionability and obedience of people when they are presented with a supporting ideology and power
     
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    Guys should put down the controller when they're 18 and only pick it up again if you have a boy who turns 8...and that boy should learn early that only losers play more than a couple hours a week max. Then, at 18, cut it out. You've got shit to do.
     
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  3. crazypreacher

    crazypreacher Hey yo

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    I'm sure if I looked hard enough I could find a study that comes to the conclusion that shitting on my neighbor's hood is good for something.
     
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    have you not learned that "pop" psychology is not psychology? astrology and divination have more validity than pop psychology.
     
  5. John Mahlin

    John Mahlin These go to eleven Gold

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    If they're wacking to porn constantly instead of chasing girls they can't be accused of rape from having consensual sex with a drunk coed who latter realizes she really meant "no" when she said "yes".
     
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    Honestly, as a major porn viewer, I have grown to believe that porn is a bad thing in many ways...
     
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    Didn't they use to say that video games used to lead to aggression and violent behavior?
     
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    Yeah , they just use it to blame everything these days .
     
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    anything pleasurable can be addictive
     
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    Elaborate
     
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    Pop psychology, indeed. The real issue is the passive conspiracy behind the cultmarx whoreshit to actually change all of us. It seems to me that gaming is mostly a white phenomenon and I don't believe that young men, in any great number are averaging 2 hrs per week watching porn. Or having boner problems. Need more data. Who were the subjects, who were the control group. And the added inaccuracies inherent in self reporting studies. Popular topics are really anecdotal at best.
     
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    After I'm done working, and I have spare time to kill, what shit do I have to do? I'll be playing games and watching movies.
     
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    Same has been said about movies, music and literature.

    Precisely how I feel about all those that watch sports.
     
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    I feel the same about staring at the tv for
    on a consistent basis? Or now and then....
     
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    Fuck off :bringit:
     
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    Shocking. SouthernListen still thinks he's the smartest kid in the room.
     
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    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    Let me guess, I must have once made you look stupid by pointing out some sort of truth, and now you're bitter. I found the article funny, that's all.

    Now go home and get your gaming console! Limp Dick. (also a symptom)

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    yup,my boys quit video games when they graduated high school.
    the both went on to college with bachelors and masters degrees and never looked back.
     
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