Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Japan's Collapsing Demographics

From MadMan magazine, a look at future sexual trends. (Note: I followed a link from Instapundit to this article, but I'm not sure if the rest of the site is safe for work or home). The one that is relevant is this one about Japanese attitudes toward sex:
A survey conducted in 2013 by the Japan Family Planning Association (JFPA) found that 45% of women aged 16 to 24 were either not interested in, or despised, sexual contact. More than 25% of men polled found sex similarly unappealing, and despite their smaller numbers, it’s they who wear the scarlet letters soushoku danshi. Literally, the term means “grass-eating boys.”Japan’s growing number of “herbivores” are more into taking walks, being frugal, hanging out with friends, reading comic books and playing video games than dating and mating, a big change from the previous generation of Japanese men for whom drinking, conspicuous consumerism and groping tits and ass was de rigueur. For a country with negative population growth, the flaccidity of Nippon’s young men has become a worry. Experts have posited that Japan’s stagnant economy, combined with greater sexual equality in the workplace, is what’s been driving men to reject their fathers’ conception of who men are and how they behave. Don’t think it could happen here? A wealth of research indicates that Western men are showing disinterest in sex, citing a similar story: Their role as main breadwinner is changing. A study from the Better Sleep Council found that 40% of men polled would prefer a good night’s sleep to sex, while UK researchers found that the average number of times that men had sex per month has dropped from 6.2 to 4.9 in a decade.
This is a far cry from when I lived in the country some 20+ years ago.

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