Why Young Men Are Struggling & What We Can Do About ItBook - 2016
"In 2011, Philip Zimbardo gave a TED Talk called "The Demise of Guys," which has been viewed by over 1.8 million people. A TED eBook short followed that chronicled how in record numbers men are flaming out academically and failing socially and sexually with women. This new book is an expansion of that brief polemic based on Zimbardo's observations, research, and the survey that was completed by over 20,000 viewers of the original TED Talk.The premise here is that we are facing a not-so-brave new world; a world in which young men are getting left behind. Philip Zimbardo and Nikita Coulombe 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 that is tearing at families and societies everywhere, Man, Interrupted 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 concluding chapters offer a set of solutions that can be affected by different segments of society including schools, parents, and young men themselves.Filled with telling anecdotes, results of fascinating research, perceptive analysis, and concrete suggestions for change, Man, Interrupted is a book for our time. It is a book that informs, challenges, and ultimately inspires"--
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In their book researchers Zimbardo and Coulombe dive down the rabbit hole of social, economic and technological shifts that are influencing, shaping and changing people’s lives. Their research focus is young men who find themselves adrift in the middle of these social changes and societal shifts; a little bit lost about what their roles in society should be.
Man interrupted seeks not to answer the simplistic question about what is wrong with young men today – a question plenty of people may have asked – rather they take a broader look at complex human behavior: seeking to identify the individual, situational and systemic factors that may act as barriers and limiters to young men achieving their full potential. The authors suggest that checking out of education and work, excessive maleness, gaming and porn use are all symptoms of other things including absent fathers, school systems that fail to meet the learning needs of boys, and the enchantment of technology and arousal addiction. With respect for the advances achieved and the work remaining to be done the authors recognize that women have benefitted from a concerted effort at redefining women’s roles and power in modern society. Men, on the other hand, have not had a similar movement and this has resulted in uncertainty and dis-ease about what it means to be man and male today.
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