‘The Demise of Guys’: How Video Games and Porn Are Ruining a Generation

We have addressed the topic of pornography on a couple of different occassions during the past year:

HERE

and

HERE

So maybe you wonder why we would use this space to address it again. It is because of THIS ARTICLE, which appeared on cnn.com this week. The article actually argues that boys/men in our culture have become addicted to to arousal – brought on by both easy access to pornography and video games – to the point that they sacrifice things that are important for things that are meaningless.

The addictive nature of pornography has been well documented*, but this is the first time I have seen video games lumped into the equation. From the article:

Every compulsive gambler, 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.

The article goes on to discuss other dangers shared by both pornography and video game addictions, included a disassociation with real life. We have an entire generation of young men living in a fantasy world – completely unable to connect with the real world.

The fact that this article appears on CNN.com instead of a Christian news outlet should raise your eyebrows. This is growing crisis in our country. That makes this article a must-read!  

* In 2004, a panel testified before the senate that pornography was the new “crack cocaine”.  It’s that addictive. And maybe even harder to shake. Cocaine can eventually leave your system. The things that you view can’t. They are there forever. They pop back in view in your mind’s eye at the most inopportune times. And, of course, porn is so hard to escape. Imagine that there was a cocaine-dispenser in every living room in America. Porn is just as addictive . . . nearly as destructive . . . and very easily accessible.

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