Not Wanting a Girlfriend is a "Serious Illness"

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Not Wanting a Girlfriend is a "Serious Illness"

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Don't want a girlfriend? This researcher thinks you may be ill. And no, your waifu does not count.

Japan's birth rate is in the pits. People just aren't doing the nasty, at least, not in ways that produce children. As a result, Japan's birth rate is declining rapidly, despite government-run programs designed to teach people to date. If the current trend continues, by 2050 Japan's population will have shrunk 20%, and the elderly will make up 50% of those that remain, presumably leading to some kind of nightmarish, apocalyptic future where gangs of octogenarians stalk the streets of Tokyo on their mobility scooters, hunting teenagers with nets and tridents.

Part of the blame for the lowered birth rate has been laid on the nerdy trifecta of anime, manga and gaming, which several critics have accused of turning virile young men into unhealthy shut-ins, unable to interact with women old-fashioned three dimensional women. Recent comments from Tomonori Morikawa, who studies relationships at Waseda University, seem aimed that particular group.

"If [one] begins thinking, 'I can't get a girlfriend, but that's not big deal,' that is a serious illness," he writes. "One of the symptoms was to erase the gap between one's dreams and one's reality."

"You really want a someone to love. But in reality, you cannot," continued the professor. "However, if you brush that off and use the excuse that you don't want a girlfriend, then you're trying to ease your serious heartbreak."

And now, because I can't get through this entire piece without at least one marginally offensive joke: Symptoms of the disease include poor dress sense, enlargement of the bank account and hand cramps.

Source and translation courtesy of: Kotaku

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Does that mean bigamists are really healthy?

And, god forbid I bring this into it, but are girls to have any say in this?

I have learnt from The World God Only Knows that 2D girls are all I need in life.

Edit: That picture on the Kotaku page is hilarious.

i just had a brilliant idea, I am going to start a new company where men can pay women for all the relationship needs: keeping company, a +1 for social events, and of course sex. Don't try to rip me off I'm going to patent this right away

In regards to the article: LOL WUT

Well Asexuals are totally screwed then....

Also, Gays are in trouble. But that's not new. Oh, and the first paragraph of this news-piece is pure awesome, you should totally sell that idea to Hollywood and make a total fortune.

*blinks*

Well guys, looks like I'll be calling up work sick tomorrow.

Maybe it has something to do with the total lack of living space, privacy and borderline toxic air quality in Japanese cities.

Smog damages lung capacity and blood flow... just sayin'

Of course, these problems are insignificant compared to videogames and Naruto box sets.

Orange12345:
i just had a brilliant idea, I am going to start a new company where men can pay women for all the relationship needs: keeping company, a +1 for social events, and of course sex. Don't try to rip me off I'm going to patent this right away.

Unlucky mate, it's already been done, see "Mail-order brides".

It's not that I think I can't get a girlfriend, I just... don't.
Thankfully I don't live in Japan.

In my experience, the absence of a relationship was due to chicks going for the douche bags, not from my lack of trying. After a while you start feeling indifferent. Unfortunately I'm in that age range where woman are, for lack of a better term, "growing up".

I live in a town filled with gweedos (However the hell you spell that). I swear it's like Jersey Shore her sometimes.

I love how they automatically attribute the inability to get a girlfriend to being a shut in caused by interests in video games/anime etc. Because that's all the stuff does right? There couldn't possibly be any other reason for someone to be a "shut in".

This seems like an inversion of cause-and-effect. For over a decade Japanese women have been eschewing dating in favour of pursuing careers and autonomy...which has left men with no one to date, so the men have found ways(healthy and unhealthy) to make peace with that.

I don't have a girlfriend, but that's no big deal.

According to the Japanese, i'm ill.

According to American teenagers, i'm a nerd.

According to my friends, i'm a weird, shut-in w**ker.

Oh well. At least I have disposable income, a car, a property and free time.

Unlike many people of my age, I grew up. I understand that one needs to be a realist and needs to work towards building a stable and independent life, which dating would quite frankly ruin. I don't understand why girls feel the need to go out with some arse just "Because" and guys feel the need to wear Polo or Checkered shirts and stick their hair in spikes to attract females. It's stupid and fatuous.

I kind of knew this years ago from this documentry. While I don't know if this still happening today but the Otaku aren't solely to be blamed. It was something like the women have little interest with real guys in general as they're more into bishōnen and yaoi characters aswell.

JoJo:

Orange12345:
i just had a brilliant idea, I am going to start a new company where men can pay women for all the relationship needs: keeping company, a +1 for social events, and of course sex. Don't try to rip me off I'm going to patent this right away.

Unlucky mate, it's already been done, see "Mail-order brides".

Son of a bitch, I thought I was being so original to

Well I wonder then if Harems can get reinstated in japan. BREED ALL THE WOMENZ!!

The_root_of_all_evil:
Does that mean bigamists are really healthy?

And, god forbid I bring this into it, but are girls to have any say in this?

Sadly, Japanese society still hasn't completely caught up yet when it comes to gender equality.

But... think of the gays!

The_root_of_all_evil:
Does that mean bigamists are really healthy?

Yes. Extra crunchy too, but that is neither here nor there.

QtheMuse:
Well I wonder then if Harems can get reinstated in japan. BREED ALL THE WOMENZ!!

Once again, yes. This is the only proper response.

And that's why the Japanese hates otakus.

Social shut-ins will wipe them out, then where will we get Final Fantasy games from?

On second thought...

Oh, great. So if my work and my studies eat up most of my time and that what little brain power I have left, I happen to choose to spend on books and videogames - then I'm sick?

Thank you, Japanese sociologists, for grossly over-simplifying everyday life. I hate the dating scene as it smacks of pure hypocrisy in my opinion and I generally hate wide-open parties. I'm quite happy with my handful of friends, and I'm not so emotionally deprived as to think that some arbitrarily "kawaii" character of the female persuasion is my girlfriend.

This is one of these news stories where you just have to shake your head and move on.

Given that the population of the planet just hit 7 billion, and we can't sustain that many people, I can't help but wonder why this isn't considered a good thing. Maybe we should distribute games, anime, and manga to everyone and perhaps we could drop the entire planet population by 20% by 2050.

...but... I don't.. err...

Score one for the lesbians, I s'pose.

-this research in brought to you in part by, GIRLS WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN ASKED OUT-

Cowabungaa:

The_root_of_all_evil:
Does that mean bigamists are really healthy?

And, god forbid I bring this into it, but are girls to have any say in this?

Sadly, Japanese society still hasn't completely caught up yet when it comes to gender quality.

Ermm... you mean, equality?

RonHiler:
Given that the population of the planet just hit 7 billion, and we can't sustain that many people, I can't help but wonder why this isn't considered a good thing. Maybe we should distribute games, anime, and manga to everyone and perhaps we could drop the entire planet population by 20% by 2050.

Most/All first world countries have acceptable birth rates. Most third world countries, on the other hand, have a TFR of 7-13 or something crazy like that.

So, lowering birth rates in first world countries won't accomplish much of anything.

The_root_of_all_evil:
Does that mean bigamists are really healthy?

And, god forbid I bring this into it, but are girls to have any say in this?

Silly. Girls are property. Do you ask your radio before you buy it?

...*runs*

s_h_a_d_o:

Cowabungaa:

The_root_of_all_evil:
Does that mean bigamists are really healthy?

And, god forbid I bring this into it, but are girls to have any say in this?

Sadly, Japanese society still hasn't completely caught up yet when it comes to gender quality.

Ermm... you mean, equality?

... Derp.

It's late alright? Le fixed.

I want one!

I am just really bad at getting one.

:'(

I'm not sure where I would fit into this whole mess. It's gotten to the point in my life that whenever I toy with the idea of dating I just look around my room and laugh cause there are utterly no women in my area that have any intrests in what I like.

Honestly, I use to try but by now my self-confidence is gone and I doubt I can get it back so I just sit around in my spare time and read.

OT: Considering how crowded it is there wouldn't a little bit of a decrease be a good thing? It's not like the population is being destroyed by a war or a sickness, just people aren't breeding is all. I'll admit I could be wrong so please don't tear my head off if I am.

So what this piece is saying is... every single man should book a flight to Japan to bag some fine young thing (considering none of them apparently have boyfriends).

Grey Carter:
with women old-fashioned three dimensional women.

Wat...

OT Yeah, in geography we saw that Japan is getting pretty elderly, they better start doing the nasty or shit is going down.

Eh, I don't see it as a problem. I mean, I'd like one, but I'm hardly active in trying to find one. And it's not really a huge deal for me.

"If [one] begins thinking, 'I can't get a girlfriend, but that's not big deal,' that is a serious illness."

Oh, well then, I'd best get myself to a doctor right away. There's a good chance I might die.

Fappy:
So what this piece is saying is... every single man should book a flight to Japan to bag some fine young thing (considering none of the apparently have boy friends).

That's what I'm getting from this.

I'll get us some plane tickets, you bring the beer.

Not really, I'm engaged, but I likes to make the funnies

Woohoo! I'm a sick bastard!

I'm cool with that.

Of course, I've a tendency to be caustic and go at things single-mindedly, so the girlfriend would just end up nagging me while I'm trying to blow things up, or read. I don't have munch income as is, don't need another person to spend it on when I've still get book series I haven't fleshed out yet. Oh well, not my fault I'm a nerdier guy stuck in the middle of nowhere.

Cowabungaa:

s_h_a_d_o:

Cowabungaa:

Sadly, Japanese society still hasn't completely caught up yet when it comes to gender quality.

Ermm... you mean, equality?

... Derp.

It's late alright? Le fixed.

Well, there are certain lengths that Japanese men can't get to. Allegedly. Perhaps quality is the right word?

I have the solution to all of Japans problems. The only thing they need to do is ship me to Tokio and I promise I will inseminate as many cute and sexy young japanese women as humanly possible.

No need to thank me.

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