Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot
Container City: Shipping containers, indispensable tool of the globalized consumer economy, reflect the skyline in Singapore, one of the world’s busiest ports.
Premature ejaculation is a problem for a lot of men — or, at least, a lot of men think so. The bro comedy trope of the guy trying so, so hard not to finish so, so fast certainly has its roots in reality, but not necessarily a physical one. According to a recent Internet study by David Rowland, a psychology professor at Valparaiso University, about a third of men experience some sort of premature ejaculation “problem.”
“About 5 to 10 percent of men would be diagnosed with premature ejaculation — meaning they ejaculate within a minute or less and are quite bothered by it,” Rowland explained in a recent interview with Vocativ. “But if you look at those who ejaculate before they want, it’s closer to 30 or 35 percent.”
Rowland found that men who hadn’t been diagnosed officially with premature ejaculation all had remarkably similar experiences to those who had, and that all reported a “lack of self-efficacy,” or their ability to impact their arousal or what happens in sexual situations. Few of the participants identified erection loss, partner issues or medical concerns as the reason for their premature ejaculation, and Rowland found that age played no role in affecting causes or outcomes. So, in other words: Most men are psyching themselves out about finishing too soon and failing to satisfy their partners — but when they don’t, everything is usually fine.
“The reason why some men ejaculate quickly is not known,” Rowland said. “Perhaps it is something in the hard wiring of their neural systems, and various brain chemicals have been implicated in this process. … Typically, when a man is ejaculating within several minutes or less, and the situation is having a significant effect on the couple’s satisfaction and relationship.”
But, because the situation is often psychological, Rowland notes that interventions may not need to be medical; couples therapy and frank communication about achieving sexual satisfaction can help too. And, of course, there’s always anesthetizing cream.
Man Covering His Mouth: A shepherd by the Yellow River cannot stand the smell, Inner Mongolia, China
Angry Crowd: People jostle for food relief distribution following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti
“Black Friday” Shoppers: Aggressive bargain hunters push through the front doors of the Boise Towne Square mall as they are opened at 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2007, Boise, Idaho, USA
Suburban Sprawl: aerial view of landscape outside Miami, Florida, shows 13 golf courses amongst track homes on the edge of the Everglades.
Toxic Landscape: Aerial view of the tar sands region, where mining operations and tailings ponds are so vast they can be seen from outer space; Alberta, Canada
Ice Waterfall: In both the Arctic and Antarctic regions, ice is retreating. Melting water on icecap, North East Land, Svalbard, Norway
Satellite Dishes: The rooftops of Aleppo, Syria, one of the world’s oldest cities, are covered with satellite dishes, linking residents to a globalized consumer culture.
Child Brides: Tahani, 8, is seen with her husband Majed, 27, and her former classmate Ghada, 8, and her husband in Hajjah, Yemen, July 26, 2010.
Megalopolis: Shanghai, China, a sprawling megacity of 24 Million
Big Hole: The Mir Mine in Russia is the world’s largest diamond mine.
Clear-cut: Industrial forestry degrading public lands, Willamette National Forest, Oregon
Computer Dump: Massive quantities of waste from obsolete computers and other electronics are typically shipped to the developing world for sorting and/or disposal. Photo from Accra, Ghana.
Oil Spill Fire: Aerial view of an oil fire following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Gulf of Mexico
Airplane Contrails: Globalized transportation networks, especially commercial aviation, are a major contributor of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Photo of contrails in the west London sky over the River Thames, London, England.
Fire: More frequent and more intense wildfires (such as this one in Colorado, USA) are another consequence of a warming planet.