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Too much porn makes men socially isolated?

All those hours spent in front of a screen, not just watching porn but playing video games too, is leaving men in the dust socially, unable to relate to women and unable to function in society, according to a new study.

health-and-fitness Updated: Jun 05, 2012 12:12 IST

ANI
Hindustantimes
         

All those hours spent in front of a screen, not just watching porn but playing video games too, is leaving men in the dust socially, unable to relate to women and unable to function in society, according to a new study.

In HBO’s new show Girls, creator Lena Dunham conjures up an image o f young men so inundated with online porn that they almost unwittingly try to re-enact it in their own boudoir escapades.

The show is fictional, but Stanford University psychologist Philip Zimbardo believes there’s a lot of reality to it. In a new e-book, The Demise Of Guys: Why Boys Struggle And What We Can Do About It, written with Nikita Duncan, Zimbardo theorizes all the damage done by it to men in their real lives.

“We found that guys are failing in school and with women, and becoming socially isolated,” L.A Times quoted Zimbardo as saying. “This was based on extensive research, a survey and observations made by parents we know, kids we’ve talked to, grandparents, even women saying, “I can’t find a guy to have a conversation with.” We also found that there are growing numbers of boys who are fatherless, which is hugely detrimental for boys,” he said.

Duncan agreed, also highlighting the “risk of social rejection” reduced by playing video games.

“They are looking for something to guide them to show them the way to be a man. Meanwhile, video games show them that they can be the master of the universe. They feel good when they play video games, and there’s no risk of social rejection,” Duncan said.

First Published: Jun 04, 2012 15:45 IST