Zimbardo: Man (Dis)connected

Man (Dis)connected: How technology has sabotaged what it means to be male by Philip Zimbardo & Nikita D. Coulombe

About the Authors

Philip Zimbardo is professor emeritus of psychology at Stanford University and has taught at Yale, New York University and Columbia. He has received numerous awards and honours for his work, including the 2015 Kurt Lewin Award for Distinguished Research on Social Issues. His current passion is the Heroic Imagination Project, exploring and encouraging the psychology of everyday heroes.

Nikita D. Coulombe graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in fine art and psychology. After university, she worked with Philip Zimbardo as his personal and executive assistant for several years, collaborating with him on the early development of the Heroic Imagination Project, and co-writing The Demise of Guys. She created the surveys and conducted many of the interviews featured in this book.

About the Book

Young men are failing as never before – academically, socially and sexually. But why is this so? What are the implications? And what needs to be done about it before it’s too late?

Philip Zimbardo and co-writer Nikita Coulombe examine the modern meltdown of manhood and how this is manifest in the lives of young men today. They consider such factors as absent fathers, and legislation favouring women, which contribute to many men lacking social skills and direction in their lives.

Most controversially, Zimbardo argues that readily available hardcore pornography and exciting gaming realities provide digital alternatives that are less demanding and far more appealing for many than sex, sports and social interaction in the real world. Immersion in these alternative realms is playing havoc with these boys’ cognitive development, their ability to concentrate and their social development, allowing girls to excel in the real world where social skills are a source of success.

By illuminating the symptoms and causes of these gloomy trends, Zimbardo and Coulombe shed light on how we arrived at this state of affairs and, most significantly, what the solutions might be.

Language: English
Format: ebook PDF
Pages: 284
Size: 3 mb

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