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'The Demise of Guys': How video games and porn are ruining a generation

CNN:
Is the overuse of video games and pervasiveness of online porn causing the demise of guys?

Increasingly, researchers say yes, as young men become hooked on arousal, sacrificing their schoolwork and relationships in the pursuit of getting a tech-based buzz.

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.

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mushroomwig1656d ago

Way to single out guys, it's like they're implying that females don't take up a percentage of gamers.

Captain Tuttle1654d ago (Edited 1654d ago )

Nah, just that gaming doesn't effect girls in the same way. Let's face it, boys are underperforming in school relative to girls.

It's not the fault of video games though.
Edit: Forgot the "not"

Captain Tuttle1655d ago

Well Dr. Zimbardo's parents thought Rock and Roll would ruin his generation and Ms. Duncan's parents thought MTV would ruin her generation. This is an example of the older generation's fear of being left behind.

SnakeCQC1655d ago

looking around the world it is always the people who fear something new who attack it like rabid dogs

Soldierone1655d ago

I was going to give the site a read based on the stupid title....then I read CNN and then the stupid title made sense. CNN bashing video games.....whats new? Surprising it isn't Fox for once.

Don't know about you guys but I play video ALL the time. I will admit I was "addicted" to Call of Duty for a while when COD4 was popular. Yet I never put real world things aside for it. I'm currently finishing college and looking to get a good job....Let alone a lot of my friends were video game nerds and are all super smart and talented.

A lot of the people that made fun of video games or thought it was a waste of time are having hard time holding a job at McDonalds and wishing they could afford a game system now.

sjaakiejj1655d ago (Edited 1655d ago )

Lol, Fox News...

http://www.alternet.org/sto...

Anyway, I've reached bachelor level at University, and I'm about to start a masters. I love to play games -when I have time for them-. The main difference between gambling and games is that people ignore their responsibilities in favor of gambling.

Gaming however is a pass-time which you love doing, but not at the expense of the rest of your life (at least, most people), and it actually teaches you things!

For instance, in my experience the English proficiency of gamers is clearly better than that of non-gamers in countries where English is not the first language. It would be interesting to see a study about this.

TekoIie1655d ago (Edited 1655d ago )

I feel as though i have taken a lot from Video games. Reading the subtitles as a child on games like Sonic, pokemon and Spyro gave me a way to make learning to read fun.

On top of that Games are no different from movies except that you take a role in the game rather than just watch it unfold. This is what people dont like about games since your the one shooting people (in shooters) but there is no proof that this has ever been translated into the things people do in the "real world".

sugadaddy1655d ago

This just in! The young folks are lazy, useless, and medically insane! More news at 11.

A tale as old as time.

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