Peter Martins

CEO/Managing Director, Datacable ltd

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Is there is a link between sexualisation of young people and the halting of play and slowing of social and personal development ?

It concerns me that while we are getting to grips with the importance of play there is a big area of where huge damage may be being done our obsession with sex and its impact on sexualisation of younger and younger people.
I am not a prude or peddler of religious based dogmatic views, but in my mind there is some sense a link between the onset of sexual activity and a subtle change in the way our brains work. If this happens at an early age then our minds and bodies are under developed What is the impact of this on our ability to play ? What is the wisdom here ? Its a hard subject as we all have different experiences and many people have had such difficult transitions from immature non sexual to mature sexual creatures. And being old and screwed up makes some (most?) of us unreliable and dubious guides to the Young. Does the importance of play in development and give us any clues?

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    May 31 2012: Why is healthy and appropriate sex not classified as play?
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    May 28 2012: Usually, lies are based on truths. Today popular culture associates the idea of sexual indulgence with normality, good humour, health and prestige. Yes, sex in itself is normal and healthy. But sexual appetite, like our other appetites, grows by indulgence. Every sane and civilised human needs some set of principles by which he or she chooses to reject some desires and to permit others.

    However, indulgence is to the advantage of manufacturers and service providers. It is far more difficult to sell uneccessary luxuries to the focussed and disciplined fellow.
    A great man, Napoleon Hill, in his book 'Thing And Grow Rich' quotes a study that discloses that a major reason why the majority of people who succeed do not begin to do so before the age of 40 to 50 is their tendency to dissipate their energies through overindulgence in the physical expression of the emotion of sex.
    Now, consider how sex was handled in the foundational years of the British empire with what is happening today; and the US in the days of Lincoln,Washington,Adams.
    Young people are the leaders of the future, no nation can rise above the education of its citizens.
    Hill further states 'far from becoming geniuses because of great sex desires, all too many people lower themselves, through misunderstanding and misuse of this great force, to the status of lower animals'