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Are video games really blighting the lives of teenage boys?

Guardian: A heartfelt polemic from Observer columnist Will Hutton suggests they're part of the problem with under-achieving young males. But can they instead be part of the solution.

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dizzleK2718d ago

it can't possibly be social networking, c4c or a myriad of other factors blighting todays youth, it's gotta be the games. /s

the problem with boys today is that they're not allowed to be boys. anytime they show some type of typical male behavior theyre immediately put on ritalin. boys used to work out aggression with toy guns and rough housing, oops can't have that anymore. look at the media portrayal of men, especially in commercials, they're portrayed as drooling retards who can't function without a woman. we're taught to repress all our male characteristics and traits from birth. 40 years of feminized liberalism has turned males into basket cases.

to quote fight club-

"Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off. "

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Darkstorn2718d ago

@dizzleK-

Your fallacy stems from equating feminism with the 'decline in manliness' in the U.S. in the past 40 years. The facts are that women have not been in positions of power to affect such a drastic change in the preceding decades.

I think that the portrayal of men as 'bumbling fools' is a strictly male reaction to the growing number of women in the workplace. Women are biologically more organized and to an extent, formal. I think that men naturally rebel against those notions, and have perpetuated their unfortunate stereotype as a result.

In fact, when I watch commercials for Carl's Jr. and other male-aimed establishments, the men DO act like bumbling fools, as you allude to. However, I see no 'repression' of the male instincts that you speak of in your first paragraph. In fact, your points directly contradict each other.