Pornography and video games are responsible for an alarming surge in jobless men

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Pornography and video games are behind an alarming surge in the numbers of jobless young men, the work and pensions minister has warned.

Mel Stride said easy access to explicit content and video games is driving poor mental health among teenage and young adult men.

They have been dropping out of the workforce in their droves.

Speaking to MPs yesterday, Mr Stride said porn and gaming were a ‘prevalent factor’ in the joblessness figures for men.

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One in seven young men are neither in employment, education or training, according to the Office for National Statistics.

For young women, this is one in ten.

And it is getting worse – an extra 99,000 16 to 24-year-old men were out of work or education by the end of March.

There are now 900,000 young males out of work.

Mr Stride added: “I do think probably as a society we haven’t explored and fully opened up exactly what this technology means for young people’s mental health because I think the impacts are actually very profound.”

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