Gary Rogers Posted over 2 years ago Is the "demise of guys" a harbinger for the demise of human development? I see some of the predominant male-ness of online social communities declining when looking at the big social media sites, Facebook, Google+, Twitter. These are social settings that have drawn both sexes into their fold, but there is still a reluctance on the part of some women to be 'out' as women in these venues, precisely because it can decreases the equality of intellect in those venues. I would suggest that you have yet to meet a person who prefers the online to the physical because you're not looking in the proper social circles. One thought that I have is that the decline in educational performance of men can be related to online engagement, be it in entertainment, or social interaction. I don't know however if pulling men away from their online environment is the complete solution. The problem, I think, is one of what content and interaction is available online. If there were a richer environment to explore online perhaps young men would be exposed to more than content that is directed at them. I think one way to pull people, not just men, from online reclusion into the physical world is by building communities online that materialize in the physical world. I think Nerdtacular (http://nerdtacular.com/) is a good example of this. There is an online community that manifests into several physical encounters throughout the year. As for children, they already are forming relationships online via social media and texting connections. They don't see it anymore unusual that the previous generation did talking on the phone. I think there does need to be something to reengage boys into the physical world, but to do so at the expense of the online risks rolling back some of the progress made by enabeling the reach of the online and the removal of social pressures inherent to the medium.