Philip Zimbardo on porn (among other things)

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    I realize that this should probably go to the "Addiction" section, but because of fairly recent articles about porn addiction I though it should go here where it probably will get most views.

    In one the biggest newspapers in Poland there is an interview with psychologist Philip Zimbardo. The scope of the article is a little broader than just porn - it's about the concept of masculinity in modern times. The title of the interview is "Today we don't know what it means to be a father". But Zimbardo also raises a few points about porn that I think are worth sharing. Here's my translation of the parts of the interview that pertain to porn use. I'm sorry for any linguistic mistakes that I might make - English is not my first language.

    The interview was conducted by Martyna Harland, a psychologist at Univeristy of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, Poland.

    "Martyna Harland: Men are losing on all fronts - in education, on social front, and even in sex. They give up even before they start to fight. Why?

    Philip Zimbardo: Technology is ever-present in our lives, it's there seven days a week. Mobile phones, internet, YouTube, pornography, video games - all this created an alternative reality that we retreat to. Some use the internet occasionally when they want to check something, but a large number of us - in particular men, young and old - are seduced by this virtual reality. Because they can wear their macho costume there. Men sink into this new reality so deep, that they can't see what they're losing in real life."

    "Philip Zimbardo: I visited Sweden recently, where I received the honoris causa doctorate at the Lund University. There was a prom [maybe not the best word - he means a formal party I think] before the ceremony. I saw young people, who, instead of dancing and talking, sat and looked at their smartphones. Young people avoid reality. More and more often, technology captures our minds, because daily life is boring. But it's real life that determines our happiness. Maybe these boys were busy imagining their classmates as porn stars instead of enjoying the moment and just talk to them? The mundane parts of life have always been known to us, but we used to escape them only occasionally, e.g. by going to a cinema. Now we are escaping it constantly."

    "Philip Zimbardo: Is it possible that three most important needs: to belong, love, be recognized and that of self-development, have been met in digital reality? I doubt it"

    "Philip Zimbardo: Online pornography is a new phenomenon that got completely out of social control. There is scientific data that even six year olds watch it. In 2013 PornHub had nearly 15 billion visits which equals to 1.68 million visits per hour. A similar study in the UK revealed that an average boy watches pornographic content for nearly 2 hours a week. The problem is that young people who have not yet experienced sex create for themselves a false image of sex through pornography."

    "Martyna Harland: (...) They say that there are no studies that clearly confirm detrimental effects of pornography.

    Philip Zimbardo: Such studies are starting to emerge. We know, for example, that there is something called porn abused erectile dysfunction [the article states this name in English precisely as quoted here], which is erectile dysfunction caused by watching such movies. (...) It's difficult to conduct solid studies on the use of pornography by the youngest part of the population. Why? Because there are no children that could form a control group, which means participants who never watched erotic material online."

    Those parts of the article pertain to porn directly. He then goes on to talk about the roles of men and women in society, without direct reference to porn and its influence on the state of affairs he describes.

    Source (WARNING, the site sometimes shows an article on porn expo in recommended articles with a potentially triggering image accompanying the link): http://wyborcza.pl/magazyn/1,145323,18103074,Przyszli_ojcowie_potrzebuja_ratunku.html

    As you can see, an authority in the field of psychology confirmed the negative effect porn has on human behavior, including erectile function. I hope this article helps reinforce the resolve of those of you who may find themselves doubting the point of our struggles.

    Please feel free to ask any question regarding the translation as well as the article itself, if you're wondering about the remaining parts of its content. I'll try to translate all the passages that may pertain to the questions.
     
    Kurapika 2, Musta and 1DayAtaTime like this.
  2. More evidence that porn is a bad thing. The world needs to hear such people like this psychologist and wake up, soon.
     

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