Hikikomori: Why are so many Japanese men refusing to leave their rooms?

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  1. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23182523

     
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  3. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Perhaps they sense what's out there and perhaps, one day, they will be studied as sorts of seismic sensors who foretold the collapse of a world.
     
  4. NoraEltrain

    NoraEltrain I am Gogo Dodo!

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    I could be considered a hikikomori.

    I rarely leave my room, but that's because I work a 40-hour-a-week job and have Asperger's Syndrome.
     
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    jjenny Well-Known Member

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    Because their parents continue feeding them?
     
  6. Ausgirl

    Ausgirl Enough Is Enough!

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    Seriously (though jjenny might just be onto something there) - I have experienced extreme social anxiety, after a lifetime of wanting and doing nothing but being surrounded by as many people as possible at all times. One day - I just couldn't deal with it. A year later, I could barely leave the house without a panic attack. To this day I have NO idea why, I just think maybe I was all 'peopled out'.

    Anxiety is a horrible thing to live with. But why so many boys in Japan?

    Maybe it's just the pressure and expectations of the society around them. I am seeing this with high schoolers here - anxiety symptoms at ages 13-14 because they haven't decided on a career path yet.

    Which is pretty sad, imo.
     
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    CatFancier Former Member

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    I have a son who is 18 who would never leave his room if he could. He has no interest in school, job, friends. But, he can focus on video games for many hours at a time. I wonder if these Japanese boys have that in common with him?
     

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