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It’s out later this month, but earlier this week the duo offered up a teaser in the form of a Psychology Today article with the headline “Is Porn Good for Us or Bad for Us?” If the article offers up an accurate preview of the book’s argument, Zimbardo may, unfortunately, be relying more on cherry-picking and moral panic than on a careful evaluation of the, offered up a quick and effective rebuttal the next day, also for Psychology Today, that’s worth reading if you’d like to dig into some of the specifics of Zimbardo’s arguments about the research and why, in Ley’s view, they don’t hold up.They also report more energy to get through their daily lives, concentration becoming easier, depression being alleviated, and stronger erections and sexual responsiveness after voluntarily engaging in a “no fap”claim. Elsewhere in the article, the authors invite readers to “Just visit the sites Your Brain On Porn and Reddit’s No Fap (no masturbating to online porn) forum to see stories from thousands of young people struggling to overcome what they feel is an escalating addiction.” It seems pretty clear that Zimbardo and Coulombe are drawing correspondents from these sorts of For anyone familiar with a certain subgenre of frustrated-male internet content, this should raise a red flag.If you go to the No Fap subreddit, for example, you’ll encounter countless stories told by young men for whom fighting their urge to masturbate to internet porn has taken on a central, obsessive role in their lives.Many of them are frustrated at their social and relationship problems, have become convinced porn is the cause, and are spending time in an online community where that message is uncritically reinforced everyday.Should it be surprising that within five minutes of clicking over to the site I found two front-page stories of men who claim they stopped masturbating to internet porn and women were instantly more attracted to them? Philip Zimbardo is best known as the architect of the Stanford Prison Experiment, in which a group of randomly assigned “guards” in a simulated prison quickly began treating their “prisoners” in a shockingly barbaric manner.The experiment, which was called off after only six days despite having a planned two-week run time, shook the foundations of social psychology and became a mainstay of psychology textbooks.
As a result, Zimbardo became a go-to figure on the subject of why people do bad things to one another, and on the central role of identity in shaping our talk he gave puts it, “The Demise of Guys.” Zimbardo wants to figure out why (in his view) so many young men are depressed, anxious, and detached from the world, and why they have so much trouble with intimacy.
One of the problems, as he put it in the talk, is that “guys prefer male bonding over female mating.” This “peaks at Super Bowl Sunday,” he notes, “when guys would rather be in a bar with strangers watching a totally overdressed Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, rather than Jennifer Lopez totally naked in their What We Can Do About It, which he co-authored with the writer Nikita Coulombe.