Development of male youth in jeopardy due to video games and pornogprahy

The discussion of how video games and pornography are influencing the way American males develop as human beings is as touchy of a topic as it can get.  A recent article by gamesindustry.biz clarifies that Phillip Zimbardo claims that video games and pornography create an “arousal” and “addiction” that make males “risk-averse [and causes them] to shy away from dealing with relationships, school, or work.”

Despite being one of the wealthiest nations in the world, the American school system is also one of the lowest ranking of any in the developed world, but is the government to blame or are there other factors that influence how the youth of America develops.  That said, a doctor by the name of Phillip Zimbardo and his assistant Nikita Duncan claims that video games and pornography is the one of the main catalyst in the destruction of American youths—males in particular. 

The discussion of how video games and pornography are influencing the way American males develop as human beings is as touchy of a topic as it can get.  A recent article by gamesindustry.biz clarifies that Zimbardo claims video games and pornography create an “arousal” and “addiction” that make males “risk-averse [and causes them] to shy away from dealing with relationships, school, or work.”

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Zimbardo uses examples from recent tragedies that were correlated with gaming to make his argument.  One example was the death of Seungseob Lee due to 50 hours of playing Starcraft continuously.  Another example is the killing massacre that was carried out by a Norwegian male named Anders Behring Breivik—who played a lot of Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. 

The doctor and his assistant don’t directly blame technology for the problems in male youths, but rather the “misuse” of it. 

“Technology is not the issue.  Rather, it’s the misuse of technology.  There’s a general overuse of video games and porn – especially in social isolation – which is not balanced out by other activities like exercise, face-to-face socialization with peers, or individual time with any kind of male mentor,” Zimbardo was quoted in an interview TED.com

There’s no doubt that the correlation between video games and porn is present when it comes to troubled youth, but does that mean causation?

Zimbardo continued on in his interview with TED.com to say that “prescription drugs, illegal drugs, and overstimulation from enticing images and games” changes the brains of male youths, and the consequence is that they get “left behind socially, sexually, and financially.” 

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It seems that Zimbardo and his assistant has a particular section of men – the video game loving and pornography watching ones – all figured out.  What about you?  Where do you place the significance of video games and pornography in how it shapes young men?