In 2011, Philip Zimbardo gave a TED Talk called -The Demise of Guys, - which has been viewed by over 1.8 million people. A TED eBook short followed that chronicled how in record numbers men are flaming out academically and failing socially and sexually with women.Read more...
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In 2011, Philip Zimbardo gave a TED Talk called -The Demise of Guys, - which has been viewed by over 1.8 million people. A TED eBook short followed that chronicled how in record numbers men are flaming out academically and failing socially and sexually with women. This new book is an expansion of that brief polemic based on Zimbardo's observations, research, and the survey that was completed by over 20,000 viewers of the original TED Talk.
The premise here is that we are facing a not-so-brave new world; a world in which young men are getting left behind. Philip Zimbardo and Nikita Coulombe say that an addiction to video games and online porn have created a generation of shy, socially awkward, emotionally removed, and risk-adverse young men who are unable (and unwilling) to navigate the complexities and risks inherent to real-life relationships, school, and employment. Taking a critical look at a problem that is tearing at families and societies everywhere, Man, Interrupted suggests that our young men are suffering from a new form of -arousal addiction, - and introduce a bold new plan for getting them back on track.
The concluding chapters offer a set of solutions that can be affected by different segments of society including schools, parents, and young men themselves.
Filled with telling anecdotes, results of fascinating research, perceptive analysis, and concrete suggestions for change, Man, Interrupted is a book for our time. It is a book that informs, challenges, and ultimately inspires.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-01-04
- Reviewer: Staff
Zimbardo, a psychologist known for conducting the 1971 Stanford prison experiment, and Coulombe tell a despondent tale in which digital technology—the same force that, in some respects, unites our society—is also tearing certain populations apart. There’s no real linear narrative, just a string of fragmented observations about young American men. The role of villain goes to online gaming and pornography, which, according to the authors, are driving their disproportionately male users away from reality; the authors only fleetingly acknowledge that women also use these technologies. The attention given to these two factors means that the treatment of other subjects, such as how boys are faring in public schools, feels simplistic and brief by comparison. The book draws extensive comparisons to how women are faring in schools and the workplace, but the discussion of gender tends toward generalizations. The authors’ observations are well researched and supported with quotations, but the discussion mostly feels ungrounded. The final chapters, however, turn to more practical ideas. What this book might lack in causal clarity, it makes up for with lucid and compassionate solutions for improving the lives of young men. (Apr.)