Porn and video games are giving boys erectile dysfunction: research

In a recent interview with the BBC, psychologist and professor emeritus at Stanford University, Phillip Zimbardo, said young men are facing “a crisis of masculinity” due to excessive use of video games and pornography.

Zimbardo said the problem is so bad that boys are suffering from porn-induced erectile dysfunction.

“Young boys who should be virile are now having a problem getting an erection,” he said.

The professor studied 20,000 young men and how they interact with porn and video games, focusing on socially-isolated individuals who spent a lot of time alone in their rooms.

“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.”

This “addiction” to the two forms of entertainment is “digitally rewiring boys’ brains,” he said.

“It begins to change brain function. It begins to change the reward centre of the brain, and produces a kind of excitement and addiction.”

The erectile dysfunction was also a product of this addiction. “You have this paradox – they’re watching exciting videos that should be turning them on, and they can’t get turned on.”

Zimbardo said parents needs to recognise the problem as a serious one, and monitor how much time their kids spend playing games and watching porn.

He also criticised the way men were portrayed in the media, often shown as “slobs, undesirable, only wanting to get laid and being inadequate in doing that.”

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