Celibacy syndrome

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Celibacy syndrome (Japanese: セックスしない症候群 ,sekkusu shinai shōkōgun) is a syndrome that causes a young person to avoid sexual activity. In Japan, some adults lose interest in conventional relationships, including love, dating, courting, marriage and sexual activity.[1]

Japanese men may be less solvent due to 20 years of economic stagnation, and may feel pressure to fulfill the ideal of being a hardworking family father. Japanese career women, on the other hand, may be given significant flexibility, inevitably leading to resignation of women once they have children. Both sexes may conclude that relationships are too complicated and may therefore exchange mutual long-term goals for short-term virtual gratification, such as pornography, anime, or non-sexual games. Apart from this choice, some people also develop psychological barriers.[2]


  1. ^ "Celibacy syndrome hits Japan with more young people avoiding sex". News.com.au. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?". The Observer. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 

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