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Man [Dis]Connected: How Technology Has Sabotaged What it Means to be Male
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Young men are failing as never before - academically, socially and sexually. But why is this so? What are the implications? And what needs to be done about it before it's too late? Philip Zimbardo and co-writer Nikita Coulombe examine the modern meltdown of manhood and how this is manifest in the lives of young men today. They consider the situational and systemic factors - such as absent fathers and legislation favouring women - which contribute to many men lacking social skills and direction in their lives. Most controversially, Zimbardo argues that readily available hardcore pornography and exciting gaming realities provide digital alternatives that are less demanding and far more appealing for many than sex, sports and social interaction in the real world. Immersion in these alternative realms is playing havoc with these boys' cognitive development, their ability to concentrate and their social development, allowing girls to excel in the real world where social skills are a source of success. Through illuminating the symptoms and causes of these gloomy trends, Zimbardo and Coulombe aim to shed more light on just how we arrived at this state of affairs and, most significantly, what the solutions might be.
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