Philip Zimbardo: The Demise of Guys

TED Talk, Video [04:43]

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Guys are flaming out academically; they’re wiping out socially with girls and sexually with women. | Boys are 30 percent more likely than girls to drop out of school. | Girls outperform boys now at every level, from elementary school to graduate school. | Boys are five times more likely than girls to be labeled as having attention deficit disorder. | What’s the evidence of wiping out? First, it’s a new fear of intimacy. … a social awkwardness. | … social intensity syndrome.

What are the causes? | I think it’s excessive Internet use in general, excessive video gaming, excessive new access to pornography. The problem is these are arousal addictions. Drug addiction, you simply want more. Arousal addiction, you want different. Drugs, you want more of the same — different. So you need the novelty in order for the arousal to be sustained.

By the time a boy is 21, he’s played 10,000 hours of video games, most of that in isolation. | The average boy now watches 50 porn video clips a week. | Boys’ brains are being digitally rewired in a totally new way for change, novelty, excitement and constant arousal. | That means they’re totally out of sync …

But who should care? The only people who should care about this is parents of boys and girls, educators, gamers, filmmakers and women who would like a real man who they can talk to, who can dance, who can make love slowly and contribute to the evolutionary pressures to keep our species above banana slugs. | Transcript | dtsch.

Philip Zimbardo ist emeritierter Professor für Psychologie an der Stanford University. Weltweit bekannt wurde er durch das so genannte Stanford Prison Experiment, in dem er das Gewaltverhalten des Menschen untersuchte (1971). 2013 wurde er von der Harvard University in die Liste der 30 einflussreichsten lebenden Psychologen gewählt.


In response to Philip Zimbardo’s “The Demise of Guys?” TED talk, Gary Wilson asks whether our brains evolved to handle the hyperstimulation of today’s Internet enticements.

The Great Porn Experiment. TED Talk by Gary Wilson.

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