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A Year of Living Positively -Day 21

This is the third week of the blog. It's also the end of the fall 2013 semester.

In the civil employees' class, we discussed the importance of sleep. We watched a video lecture by a neuroscientist, Foster, who studies circadian cycles. He says lack of sleep is a major problem in society and a cause of many problems including transport and other work accidents and mental illness.

After my last class, I had another follow-up medical appointment, so I had to fight the traffic during rush-hour. Early rush-hour is filled with elders making their way home after shopping, medical and other service appointments, socializing and gossiping.

This evening, I came across the notion of "the demise of guys", a term coined by one Dr. P. Zimbardo, to describe a trend of men falling behind women, and failing in life, especially in school and thus employment, relationships and thus sex. He attributes it not only to the changing status of women and gender roles, militarization, and the frequency of fatherless homes, but puts more blame on the epidemic of computer/video games and online porn. Statistics show that many boys and men spend a lot of time in solitude playing video games or on the internet, especially focused on pornography. This way, they are becoming undersocialized, detached and conditioned to instant gratification. They feel more awkward in social relations and do not have the motivation or skills to develop relationships and intimacy. They may therefore be immature, and prone to resort to anger when they want something. Further to that, they are more often discouraged about school, careers and parenting, and more inclined to shirk or deny responsibility rather than take on the role of hero in family and community. Discussions and research about this topic can be found on the TED.com website, like a video and ebook by Zimbardo.

Another hike is scheduled for tomorrow. Not sure I'll go because the knees are a bit sore. I'll see how it is in the morning.

Must stop blogging for the moment, because the translators are on my case about completing a brief audit right now. More later.

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