Man, Interrupted

Why Young Men are Struggling and What We Can Do About It
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781573246897
Item Number: 8617


Man, Interrupted suggests that our young men are suffering from a new form of “arousal addiction,” and present a bold new plan for getting them back on track.

We are facing a not-so-brave new world; a world in which young men are getting left behind. This book takes a critical look at a problem that is tearing at families and societies everywhere.

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.

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.


Man, Interrupted is the most important book I’ve read in years, given that it is thoroughly researched, well-organized, beautifully written, and outlines a problem that affects at least half the population of the country, if not everyone. Even more, it identifies the causes and suggests practical solutions. This book should be read by legislators, judges, politicians, parents, spouses and, well, men&hellips;all of them.”

—Michael Shermer, Publisher Skeptic magazine, columnist Scientific American, author of The Moral Arc.

“In this entertaining, sobering, and thought-provoking book, Dr. Zimbardo bravely and wisely calls attention to the spreading crisis afflicting many of America’s young men.”

—Roy Baumeister, author of Is There Anything Good About Men? and Willpower

Man Interrupted: Why Young Men Are Struggling And What We Can Do About It is a compassionate look at the phenomenon of young men disappearing into the virtual worlds of videogaming and porn – to the detriment of everyone. Authors Zimbardo and Coulombe don’t simply supply evidence of the risks and benefits of today’s hyper-alluring technologies. They also tackle contributing factors, such as absent dads, failing schools, environmental toxins, economic realities, etc., and offer a range of suggestions for parents, media, governments, men, women and schools.”

—Gary Wilson, author of Your Brain On Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction

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