In a society where so much is turned up to the highest degree and accessibility to sensitive content is as easy as a few mouse clicks. Psychologist Dr. Philip Zimbardo takes a look at two particular stimuli, no rx video gams & pornography and how they may be setting back our young men.
Every compulsive gambler, there alcoholic or drug addict will tell you that they want increasingly more of a game or drink or drug in order to get the same quality of buzz.
Video game and porn addictions are different. They are “arousal addictions,” where the attraction is in the novelty, the variety or the surprise factor of the content. Sameness is soon habituated; newness heightens excitement. In traditional drug arousal, conversely, addicts want more of the same cocaine or heroin or favorite food.
The consequences could be dramatic: The excessive use of video games and online porn in pursuit of the next thing is creating a generation of risk-averse guys who are unable (and unwilling) to navigate the complexities and risks inherent to real-life relationships, school and employment.