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Porn and video games are harming boys’ brains—and bodies

In an interview with the BBC,Psychologist Philip Zimbardo’s latest book, Man (Dis)connected, argues that the excessive use of video games and online pornography is pushing young men into a crisis of masculinity that leaves them bored at school, disinterested in human contact, and opting out of society. "Now, with freely available pornography, which is unique in history...they are combining playing video games, and as a break, watching on average, two hours of pornography a week...." Overstimulation via video games and porn, he says, "begins to change brain function. It begins to change the reward center of the brain, and produces a kind of excitement and addiction."

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