Japan’s Hottest New Sex Trend Is Not Having Sex

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Kohei Hara

"This video game is much better than sex"

Why have sex when you can manage a virtual candy store in a video game? That’s the question millions of Japanese young people are asking themselves, as they increasingly choose to stay single and not have sex. Here are 11 things we learned from the Guardian’s investigation of Japan’s “celibacy syndrome.”

1) In Japan, a third of people under 30 have never dated anyone ever.

2) 45 percent of women say they have no interest in sex or even “despise” it, and over 25 percent of men feel the same way.

3) In 2012, more adult diapers were sold in Japan than baby diapers (which means the birth rate is plummeting.)

4) 61 percent of men and 49 percent of women under 35 are not getting any (i.e., were in no kind of romantic relationship).

5) 90 percent of young women say staying single is better than what they think marriage would be like.

6) The phrase “grass eating man” refers to a straight guy who doesn’t care about sex or relationships. Let’s hope this one doesn’t catch on.

7) Individually-wrapped disposable underwear is sold in convenience stores.

8) Women in their early 20s have a 25 percent chance of never marrying, and a 40 percent chance of never having a kid

9) Kunio Kitamura, the head of the Japanese Family Planning Association and the guy who advises the government on family matters, said, “Sexual drive comes from males,” and “females do not experience the same levels of desire.”

10) People are too busy playing video games to get any. One 30-year old virgin said he only gets turned on when he watches female robots on a video game. Another young woman said she doesn’t date because she’s spent the last two years playing a video game in which she manages a virtual  candy store.

With all our millennial whining about casual hookups and online dating, we might not have it so bad.

[The Guardian]

43 comments
Yoshi
Yoshi

I suppose this is the coping strategy most easily adopted over there. Too bad they're under so much stress they can't stand each other. Must be miserable when the switch goes off.

Ilike2pay4it
Ilike2pay4it

In a few generations there will be no Japan.

vivekm.ktc
vivekm.ktc

Sex is God given beautiful thing so that human multiply generation to generation but seeing this I feel this is start of End of human copulation.

BenHa
BenHa

Japs Only........,.


MichikoYuda
MichikoYuda

Video games much better than sex? 


Only in Japan.. 

trygor
trygor

re: "we might not have it so bad" But wasn't there a similar story just last week about Britishers? If truth be told, the world is reverting to a pre-sixties attitude toward sex; after fifty years of rampant divorce, abortion and disease, who really needs the lie of "the expense of spirit in a waste of shame?" - Shakespeare

Canvasback
Canvasback

Sex is messy.  Relationships are complicated. That would so, totally, screw up my self image.

littlegump
littlegump

People are lazy today and even don't want to have sex with actual person,that's ridiculous!

Nithuun
Nithuun

This is what happens when you break the 100,000+ year old systems our species are built on. Men don't feel like men so they don't act like it. They spend their time playing video games. This trend is occurring in the West, too. Marriage rates are dropping, divorce rates are rising. Japan is a glimpse at the future.

Kombo
Kombo

"Why have sex when you can manage a virtual candy store in a video game?"

Good question.

Potemkin
Potemkin

This research failed to include the number one reason for this spate of celibacy:  Fifty Shades of Grey has not yet been translated into Japanese. 

AdventusOsgilideusMechanicus
AdventusOsgilideusMechanicus

“Sexual drive comes from males,” and “females do not experience the same levels of desire.”

Yes, yes, that totally explains this:

"61 percent of men and 49 percent of women under 35 are not getting any"

aztecian
aztecian

they may have been exposed to too much radiation?  what else could it be? something so primal does not just stop because of culture. 

AngeloSciortino
AngeloSciortino

1. To expect someone to 'understand' their own culture is ridiculous. How can One be expected to understand all the aspects of a national pop-culture structure.  Lte's be honest, Japan has not been a financial, cultural, or technological contributor on a global scale in at least ten years. Their greatest exports ar sex, video games, and cheap toys. It is perfectly understandable, and justified for citizens of Japan to express concern about relative reductions in national professional output and reproduction.  Older generations of japanese have spent an entire life watching their nation literally rise from the ashes only to see it squandered and slide into pop-culture pergatory.

KimoniKevinJohnson
KimoniKevinJohnson

STUPID ARTICLE !  FIRST UNDERSTAND PEOPLE CULTURE FIRST BEFORE YOU START BLASTING IT !  

panmartinez
panmartinez

Wow, way to wack a completely western view on something. This reporter lacks some basic understanding of anything but her own culture. If Time.com hires ninny's like this then they should hire me :: Just google last exit to reality

KMarketingNinja
KMarketingNinja

Wow. That is the 'TIME' take on this societal issue?! 

If you make the time to read the original piece by Abigail Haworth in The Guardian, then you may glean that this societal trend is somehow disturbing for ANYONE. I'd suggest it's worth exploring the unique ties between an absolute embrace of technology and "pot noodle love"...or learning about the paradoxes of Japanese culture and women's roles. (PS, not an activist, not Japanese - just utterly surprised about this very "sound bytes"; very detached take on it in Time.com http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/20/young-people-japan-stopped-having-sex )

zaglossus
zaglossus

Someday soon there will be no Japanese.

tpng813
tpng813

Truely a laughable article, japan not having sex? Have you seen all the porn coming from that country the pasts few decades? This is a call from japan to repopulate so it can go back to becoming a agressive nation with a large army.crimes which it still deny..

HemsleyCarmichael
HemsleyCarmichael

Too busy managing a virtual candy store to edit this post? And that "more adult diapers than baby diapers" thing is wrong. It will be true by 2020. It was not true in 2012 yet that little tid bit keeps getting carted out in articles about Japan. C'mon folks edit. Proofread. Fact check.

funkafunka
funkafunka

@vivekm.ktc 

Its not god, its biology.

Tell the insects and animals that they are reproducing because its god given. LOL.

funkafunka
funkafunka

@MichikoYuda 

Yes. In america its different. 

Video games = shooting in schools, theaters, and public assembly.

I prefer the former.

funkafunka
funkafunka

@ruthjacobs 

Its not sad if you are an adult needing a diaper...or if you're one of their caretakers...

nico7821
nico7821

@Nithuun I think it's more of a question of priorities.  When you have a virtual environment (video games, facebook, etc) there is zero risk of failure.  In the real world, you put effort into a relationship, marriage, having children, etc.  I've been married for six years, work, play with my kids, and even game in my (little) spare time.  Despite all of the movies and media saying otherwise, having a dedicated marriage with children is a very rewarding experience.  As much as I enjoy a good video game, nothing compares to a real family.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@aztecian You do not have to worry aztecian since you are gay you will be ok in japan if you decide to travel there.

mahadragon
mahadragon

@aztecian Japan is at a higher evolution than we are. You should go there and learn something. When they got hit with tsunami's and earthquakes people didn't have to worry about looting like we do in the U.S. They don't steal over there. Violent crime is a rarity. Those facts alone should blow your mind and make you think twice before commenting on their culture. 

epitygxanwn
epitygxanwn

@panmartinez Why would you think she even understands her own culture?

MichaelGooch
MichaelGooch

@tpng813 porn != actual sexual relationships that produce babies. (!= means NOT equal in case you didn't know)

easysoul48
easysoul48

@mahadragon @aztecian Not having sex is at a higher evolution?

How on earth do you draw that conclusion?

Sorry, that does not compute.