Is technology reducing male drive?

Females have started to outperform their male counterparts at astonishing rates. I’m sure there are many factors that could be attributed to this, but there is evidence to support technology as a main contributor. In an article about the negative effects of low testosterone in men, it explains what creates a testosterone decline. One reason is excess fat, (the bad kind, fast food junk food etc). Having a big belly can reduce T levels along with drive. The amount of time boys and men spend passively on technology is definitely not helping. Other things that hurt T levels are, not exercising, too much alcohol, and not enough good fats (meat, raw cheese/butter, things like that). All these things are correlated with tech use. Passive consumption will increase a persons’ cravings for junk food (through commercials/ads etc.) reduce their activity levels, and cause them to gain weight. All this will reduce the males testosterone levels, inhibiting their drive and motivation levels. Though, I think there is a stronger correlation than the obvious. People enjoy t.v/movies/video games because it is easy on the brain. We no longer have to focus our attention on what we’re doing, because the screen will do it for us. A decrease in focus leads to a decrease in drive. So a connection should appear between male vs. female technology usage for this to hold true, since females have more drive than males. If technology reduces drive than women should use less tech than males. However, I found this not to be the case. On average women use more technology than men. Higher educated people and those with large salaries also use more tech than their counterparts.

A report done by UCLA showed the more tech use, the more drive. Between the ages of 14 and 37 males consume slightly more technology than women, the catch, is what each gender spends their time doing. Between 12 and 17 boys spend more time using technology for passive reasons (video games, movies), girls spend their time for more active activities (homework). So girls have to keep their minds focused while using technology, while boys more often do not. The result, those 17 year old boys and girls hit college with girls having a much higher drive. It would also be easier for girls to pay attention, because they have already worked on actively paying attention. Though the differences are small at first women start to hit the exponential curve through and after college. A lower drive doesn’t only affect men academically but socially, in relationships, at work, at home, basically all over. Everyone loses in this scenario. Reducing passive technological activities, however, would reverse these effects and increase much needed testosterone.


UCLA info
http://www.digitalcenter.org/pdf/internetReportYearOne.pdf

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2 Responses to Is technology reducing male drive?

  1. Excellent insight on the subject. Please continue posting good article. Thank you

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