The decline of sex in Japan

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Developments in Information Technology and the Sexual Depression of Japanese Youth since 2000

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In Japan more young people became sexually inactive in 2000s, especially since around 2005.On the other hand, Internet and digital technology were spread in the same period. In this paper, five phases of Internet and digital technology are investigated to realize what happened to the sexuality of Japanese youth associated with the technology: e-mail and SNS, online pornography, fantasy world of Otaku leisure, dating sites and applications, sexual service industry. Online pornography of extreme contents and strong stimuli with completely male-centered vision overflew in the 2000s. With the influence, both men and women have got difficulties in having real sex. Animations and games to satisfy the romantic needs and libidos of the youth gained popularity in 2000s,to overwhelm real romance and sex. In the last part, the need of cross-cultural comparative studies on technology and sexuality is insisted.

42% of unmarried men between

42% of unmarried men between 18-34 year olds in Japan are virgins.

But is this because they don’t desire sex, or because they think finding a girlfriend in the modern age is basically futile, a dream? It is important to remember that paying for intercourse is not allowed in Japan.
Also it is important to point out that in the study, they compared the numbers of high school and university students who dated, kissed and so on, since the last 40 years. But 40 years ago, only the most talented, hardworking students went to university with scholarships, and those which could afford to attend university either studied abroad or ensured they didn’t waste the opportunity of education by spending too much time socialising. A lot of students weren’t even able to go to high school.
Nowadays, most students attend high school and a lot more students attend university, so the trends shown are not accurate on what they say they’re representing. It would be best to just consider data from 1999 (when the similar proportion of Japanese students attended high school and university as today), and see a continuous trend downwards of romantic interaction with the opposite sex.

Also there is a bizarre fixation of the media on Japan. But these trends are happening everywhere. A lot of European countries have similar or lower birth rates than Japan, and the proportion of virgin males is increasing. But this is ignored by the media and studies because they can’t just lay the blame on ‘otaku culture’ as an easy and convenient conclusion.

If pornography is to blame, then are they really saying Japan didn’t have pornography in the 1980’s-1990’s? Of course that is not true. And if pornography consumption was high in the 1980’s-1990’s, then this study shows that it is not to blame.
But perhaps pornography is to blame, but internet pornography rather than pornography via magazines and such. But if that is the case, why was the data collected in 2005 on romantic interactions the highest ever recorded at that time? Internet pornography in 2005 was around for several years by then, yet the Japanese had more romantic experience at that time, than any other time.

I know that you are trying to establish a link between pornography and high rates of single people, but I don’t think it is the case. Instead, I think there is a much more likely cause. In the study, it briefly began talking about online dating. When online dating and social networking websites first arrived, then trends of people reporting romantic interactions began decreasing. When women began accessing these websites for the first time, they found they overwhelmed by choice, with literally dozens of potential dates showing interest to choose from.
And when one is overwhelmed by choice, what happens?

As someone who has a sister and female cousins, I found that they seem to spend an awful lot of time on their phone, flirting with dozens of different men on instagram, snapchat, twitter and all the other applications. Regarding relationships, they seem to consider most men as not worth their time, based on appearances alone. I’m not saying all women are like this. I have a few female friends who aren’t like this. But I don’t think this is uncommon either.

Porn tube sites

showed up at the end of 2006. The problem isn't "porn," it's endless online novelty and gradual desensitization to everyday pleasures...due to overuse.