The Problems of Boys and the Demise of Independent Play

Due to the demise of pick-up sports games, boys' lives have changed significantly.  Their social and cognitive advancement has suffered as well.Boys aren’t doing very well when compared to girls these days. Far fewer boys go to college (42% vs. 58%), twice as many boys have been diagnosed with attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder or a learning disability, and two times as many eighteen- to twenty-nine-year-old males abuse alcohol as do females of the same age. The list could go on (see this article for more), but the fact remains that boys of all racial and socio-economic backgrounds are doing worse than their female counterparts.

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