Why Are Young Japanese People Not Having Sex?
And you thought your dry spell was bad.
An increasing number of Japanese 20-to-30-somethings can't be bothered with conventional relationships or sex. They've also stopped dating and do not see themselves getting married or having children.
The Guardian reports that 45 percent of Japanese women ages 16-24 are "not interested in or despise sexual contact," and more than a quarter of men felt the same. Hopefully this problem will make its way across the Pacific.
The problem seems to lie with the increasing cost of raising a family. “Japan's punishing corporate world makes it almost impossible for women to combine a career and family, while children are unaffordable unless both parents work,” writes The Guardian's Abigail Haworth.
A 2011 survey found that 61 percent of unmarried men and 49 percent of women aged 18 to 34 were not in any kind of romantic relationship, while another study reported that a third of people under 30 had never dated at all.
Worryingly, Japan already has one of the world's lowest birth rates and the Japanese media has even dubbed it the "celibacy syndrome."
Perhaps a consequence of our increasingly tech-filled life, young people in Japan are opting for digital replacements for intimacy such as online porn, anime cartoons, and virtual-reality relationships. In the report, one man in his 30s "can't get sexually aroused unless he watches female robots on a game similar to Power Rangers."
Young people also said they are replacing love and sex altogether with other activities like partying, travel or shopping. "Both men and women say to me they don't see the point of love," Ai Aoyama, a sex and relationship expert, said. "Relationships have become too hard."
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