Mindless porn

I read a great survey of Harvard’s class of 2014, where 58% of the men admitting to watching porn weekly (60% of the women had never watched porn). Bob Trivers’s  theory of parental investment indeed applies to humans. 

At a biological level, watching porn for men at least has an automatic fuse. Alas, there’s no such fuse for newsporn. You can mindlessly go from CNN to NYTimes to Breitbart to Drudge to Politico to Trump Twitter to Kevin Drum to whatever. And unlike real porn, it’s all good. 

Schopenhauer says life is a joke. He says men claim they want money and happiness. But send them to heaven where roasted turkeys fly in the sky and nubile women beckon at every corner. Every man will soon be utterly miserable and will not rest till he has created warring camps to fight with his fellow man (the same is true of chimps too). And he is compelled to do that, for that is in his Nature. 

So I am repeatedly surprised to find myself pulled to mindless hours of newsporn every night. Surely Schopenhauer cannot be this right?

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