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'Zimbardo has put his finger on a great challenge of the modern era' - The Sunday Times
Masculinity is in meltdown. Young men are failing as never before — academically, socially and sexually. But why? And what needs to be done?
Internationally-acclaimed psychologist Philip Zimbardo, and research partner Nikita Coulombe, show how symptoms include excessive gaming and porn use, apathy and drug abuse. They argue that digital technologies create alternative worlds that many boys find less demanding and more rewarding than real life, yet which are ultimately harmful.
There is hope. Man Disconnected reveals where the solutions are to be found, and what action we can take. Controversial, provocative and insightful, this book is an alarm call ignored at our peril.
In their provocative ebook 'The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It,' celebrated psychologist Philip G. Zimbardo and Nikita Duncan say that an addiction to video games and online porn have created a generation of shy, socially awkward, emotionally removed, and risk-adverse young men who are unable (and unwilling) to navigate the complexities and risks inherent to real-life relationships, school, and employment. Taking a critical look at a problem which is tearing at families and societies everywhere, 'The Demise of Guys' suggests that our young men are suffering from a new form of “arousal addiction,” and introduce a bold new plan for getting them back on track. The book is based on a popular TED Talk which Zimbardo did in 2011, and includes extensive research as well as a TED-exclusive survey that drew responses from more than 20,000 men.
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"My orgasms are really tense and tight. My muscles constrict a lot. Sometimes I will throw out my neck! It's like I'm being stretched like taffy, it can be painful. It's like my veins are being filled with syrup and it goes down into my legs. My upper body spasms and I make choking noises, some guttural gasping. Usually I'm concentrating on not hitting my head on something hard. I like to think of my toes and what they're doing. There was one guy I was with who always called attention to his feet so I can't help but think of that. My emotional state is like a stasis. I'm really conscious of what my face is doing, it's a ridiculous expression- it should never be seen! I have no idea what's going on inside of them but I don't think they're having as much fun as me. My body's like a little spring. Orgasms are better by myself because I'm not thinking about how I appear to others. Afterwards it's like I'm not tired, I could eat some popcorn or call my mother. There's been one or two that have wiped me out though. I feel like I have wings that are growing out of my back and my shoulders get thrown back. The energy level is like a quick ascent and then a plateau, it goes down, goes up, and then down again. I was Mormon so religious imagery seems fitting; it's hard for me to talk about sex without feeling blasphemous."
"Artist interpretation: Adam is an extremely charismatic person, so a powerful image was required to compliment his personality. When he mentioned he liked religious imagery I immediately visualized his portrait as you see it now- Jesus in rapture. Although, in this case, he's being healed rather than crucified. Because he doesn't like his facial expressions to be seen, I hid his face. There's a subtle hint of silver wings coming out of his back, and a little curl of pleasure around his toes- areas that he's paying attention to. He also said that the pleasure rises and then plateaus and then rises and falls again, which I represented in the movement of the waves swirling around his body. They eventually dissipate around the top of his head because for him the pleasure usually tapers off after climax.", [Nikita Duncan, The Book of O: Orgasm Portraits]