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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh so relevant
Properly enlightening, whether for a parent or someone who's just trying to get an answer to the debate of what moderate (or higher) amounts of video gaming, prolonged internet surfing and porn do to the mind (it's not just about time wasting - although that's mentioned). This book has some pretty big guns levelled at each of these and presents facts that are well worth...
Published on 20 July 2012 by ADAM B

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3.0 out of 5 stars important argument that deserves to be taken seriously
This is an interesting and persuasive argument looking at the negative impact of technology on this generation of boys and men socially and academically which Zimbardo believes is tangible and measurable. This is not an academic book (and some might criticize it thus, Zimbardo is quite capable of writing in an academic and research orientated manner with ?500 papers to...
Published on 5 July 2012 by emski


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh so relevant, 20 July 2012
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This review is from: The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It (Kindle Edition)
Properly enlightening, whether for a parent or someone who's just trying to get an answer to the debate of what moderate (or higher) amounts of video gaming, prolonged internet surfing and porn do to the mind (it's not just about time wasting - although that's mentioned). This book has some pretty big guns levelled at each of these and presents facts that are well worth absorbing. It's not a depressing read, it's realistic, and the tone becomes one of galvanisation towards the end where a mass of suggestions are thrown out about all of the great and fun things that boys/men can do instead of repeatedly returning to their digital worlds.

This isn't a quite full on crusade (moderation and quality being important - quality meaning that the material isn't feeding the reader/viewer/player an unrealistic view of the world) and the author recognises that the activities that are causing the 'demise' are fundamentally fun. The end result leaving the reader that much more informed on any decisions to make. Well worth a read.

For anyone who wants to see the sub five minute TED talk on the subject, go to TED.com and search for 'demise', it should be the first result
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3.0 out of 5 stars important argument that deserves to be taken seriously, 5 July 2012
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This review is from: The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It (Kindle Edition)
This is an interesting and persuasive argument looking at the negative impact of technology on this generation of boys and men socially and academically which Zimbardo believes is tangible and measurable. This is not an academic book (and some might criticize it thus, Zimbardo is quite capable of writing in an academic and research orientated manner with ?500 papers to his name), and I think it is meant to be accessible for everybody and highlights really important issues, not threatening to impact society, but already impacting society. Zimbardo argues that the readily available hardcore pornography and exciting gaming realities provide an alter reality less challenging and more exciting than sex, sports and social interaction in the real world to boys. He says immersion in these worlds is playing havoc with their cognitive development, impacts attentional skills and social development, allowing girls to run away with the academic prizes and excel in the world increasingly ahead of males where real world interactions and social nuances are the sources of success. Important reading for parents of boys.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a wake up call for guys, 11 Feb 2014
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This book is touching important topic. It identifies obstacles towards maturity as a man. Recommending it for guys who are stuck in a childhood ways.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overblown but Interesting, 27 Aug 2013
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I found much of the research and arguments to be poorly justified or superficial. Additionally, the book relies upon a very out-dated and heavily gendered viewpoint. Nonetheless, the book makes a number of very interesting points and provides a particularly sound and positive conclusion.
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