Controversy abounds over an university professor’s theory that men without girlfriends are actually suffering an illness caused by the pernicious influence of games and the Internet.

The article in translation, referring to the theories of one Professor Tomonori Morikawa, an expert in Japanese politics and “love theory,” and judging by his vast list of trashy print media appearances, quite the publicity hound:

Professor Tomonori Morikawa of Waseda University says young people today increasingly prefer games and the Internet to real romantic relationships. He asserts young men put off by the difficulty of securing real romance now tend to give up and pursue easy conquests in the virtual realm.

Professor Morikawa’s article was soon picked up by Chinese news sites with the byline “Do you all have girlfriends? If not, you are ill.”

According to Morikawa, romance is excessively difficult for young people today, and many are left with the impression that only beautiful men or women can succeed in love. This soon saps them of all romantic ambitions.

As a result of this, they find themselves fleeing to the virtual worlds offered online or in games, and may even find themselves unable to distinguish between the two. Morikawa warns this may well constitute a type of disease.

Some might think this portrait only applies to particular types of men – the prevalent image is of otaku whose only chance of love is in games – but in fact it may apply to anyone. Many lay the blame on games and the Internet.

Should this theory be correct, it also has paradoxical implications for the notion that games cause crime.

The validity of this entirely unsubstantiated theory is the subject of much debate online:

“Miku is my wife.”

“Not again.”

“To think, if there were no net or games I would be totally popular…”

“This is the best theory he could come up with? It sounds like something any amateur could dream up.”

“Come on, he’s just trying to drum up publicity.”

“It’s disturbing to think ones of our ilk would be lumped in with the barbarians interested in this ‘romance.'”

“It’s a symbol of Japan today. Women are all bitches, but 2D girls don’t backstab or parasitise, and they are cute too.”

“Funny how game basher theories are never accompanied by the huge increase in rapes their ideas suggest should be happening.”

“Is it me or are professors today just obsessed with making up stupid theories about ‘young people’?”

“Games at fault again? Come off it, women.”

“There are no ‘women’ in the real world. What there are are carnivorous animals who look like women.”

“It doesn’t matter if you are hot, you can manage with cash only.”

“Who can support some woman with the economy like this whilst facing an uncertain future?”

“Lately even hot guys get bored with real women and go for dating games. Source: me. I’m dating Nene!”

“Not another one of these ‘young people today are…’ articles.”

“They are easier for these people to write than ‘because young people have no money…'”

“I really would like to have sex with someone and end this loneliness. But when I onanise these feelings disappear somewhere in a shot. In the end I’m happy just licking Miku.”

“Blame it on all these articles about trashy women putting us off the real thing, not games.”

“It can’t be helped, 2D is just too cute.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    22:19 01/03/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    He first explains how society pushes people away from romance and so they start playing games instead.

    So how are games themselves at fault? By his logic they are a fallback, not a hindrance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:49 01/03/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Welcome to the N.H.K

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    23:38 01/03/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "So how are games themselves at fault? By his logic they are a fallback, not a hindrance."

    "By his logic they are a fallback, not a hindrance."

    "By his logic they are a fallback"

    "his logic"

    You are assuming that a professor on 'love theory' uses logic in the first place.

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    Comment by ArrowInTheKnee
    23:59 01/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.5)

    "As a result of this, they find themselves fleeing to the virtual worlds offered online or in games, and may even find themselves unable to distinguish between the two. Morikawa warns this may well constitute a type of disease." --- I am pretty sure they are able to distinguish between 2D goddess and 3D pigs.... I am not ill am I?

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    Comment by LoveJoy
    00:43 02/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I know what the illness is.
    It is fatique. After long working hours we do not need someone to waste our time. We can handle that just fine ourself. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:09 03/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    now gradius thats the answer to Japan's problems... the reason why mostly the Japanese people are suffering deep social problems are the fact
    1. Women have HIGH standards
    2. Game Companies know how to milk their pop-culture FOR ALL ITS WORTH
    3. Senior Citizens get more Benefits than new Graduates thus making the Senior citizens more worthy of high salary and respect
    4. because of #3 new graduates cant find jobs therefore they become hikkis to an extent
    5. because of #2 and #4 said people now rely on their games for comfort.
    6. rinse and repeat
    7. wwith all of the above = Dying Japanese blood.
    makes sense in context eh?

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    Comment by Gradius
    11:35 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Blame the girls with impossible to gauge standards. ;-)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:40 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I say Professors today increasingly prefer making up nonsense and whoring publicity to seriously useful research.

    Seeing how people like that can call themselves Prof. and are put on the same level as a Professor in Engineering or Physics makes me really furious.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:30 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with you. In my country we have 2 engineering universities and 20 economic universities.
    Our industry need over 2000 more "mechanical" and "electro" engineers and over 1000 "computer" engineers.
    At same time we have over 7000 unemployed economic "managers" and over 4000 lawyer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:51 02/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Even professors can make themselves look like clowns among the scientific community by stating something as if it is fact, without proper research with results reviewed and rereviewed by many peers. I don't care if he's from Waseda; Just because you can lavish in the funds usually granted for such top unis doesn't mean you can create shit out of thin air.

    The thing is, the ignorant public who happens to agree ignorantly with him will shove all he said into their throats just because he holds the title. In this regard, this 'professor' is misusing his title to pass something that people are likely to believe whether it's bullshit or not.

    Fuckers at Large Hardon... I mean Hadron Collider would just say that they 'probably' took something past the speed of light and everyone else are all over them scrutinizing every finding and result, and this still mean jackshit for most people. Here, this 'professor' is creating shit out of thin air in the field of health which is a crucial field.

    You're not the top guys in the field of psychology anyway. Leave this shit for APA - the actual guys who write the DSM manual most psychologists around the world use. Until 'otakuism' exists in the latest DSM-VI as 'abnormal', we're all still sane.

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    Comment by Imyou
    01:56 02/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Since a disorder is something that interferes with the ability to function normally, I wonder how it would be classified in those who have given up on 3D...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    People were burned to death for science in 1912? Really?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:03 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I said a FEW 100 years ago...
    Not "A SINGLE 100 years"

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:48 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @10:13 02/03/2012 # !

    Yes they were burned to death for science or at least killed. It happens even today.
    I ask some stuff, some people on hight positions on university or in research laboratories. They tell me then can research only this topic and also how far they can go with the research. Otherwise they will be kicked out.

    Cancer is currently curred by radioactive radiation and some poisons. And for these poisons are well know fact they produce even more cancers. Same with radiation. Success rate is about 1-2% in curing cancer.

    On other hand do you know some viruses produce cancer? And some other viruses kill cancer cells? And that we can do custom viruses now?
    So why not use virus to cure cancer? They aren't allowed to do research in this area!

    Why? Because virus can self replicate - so production of viruses is extremely cheap and easy. So they can't do any big profit out this. On other hand radioactive machines are very complex and expensive -> big profit!

    Cheap stuff -> Low profit!
    Expensive stuff -> Big profit!

    And world rotates around money, wellbeing of man isn't important!

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    Comment by Imyou
    08:18 03/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    There is so much wrong with that... Researchers would be fired for dicking around not doing their jobs. If you're looking at a way to make a blood thinner, you're wasting your time researching skin elasticity, etc. You don't just get torpedoed for straying a little outside the line and even if someone did, that's not "in science," it would be in a particular institution.

    The success rate for treating cancer varies depending on the type and procedure - they vary greatly, and it is vastly above a few percent for some of the more common ones like melanoma.

    There is also research [] being done on the use of cheap, abundant chemicals that cannot be patented in the treatment of cancer.

    Industrial viral production is not so easy, partially because of contamination issues - both ways. It's not that practical for cancer treatment - I'm assuming you're talking about some kind of genome therapy? The use of bacteriophages in medicine [] has gone on in Georgia since the early 1900s. Indeed, it works well on bacteria and has little if any side effects, it is laborious as each one targets a specific bacterium so the treatments have to be custom-prepared for each infection's mix of parasites.

    So I wonder who's stopping "them" from doing research into viral medicine? The worst misconceptions about science seem to come from those who think "science" is one group, or a collective entity, as opposed to a process employed independently by millions worldwide.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:59 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know many men from different workplace who stays single out of choice. Being human beings with needs, they have their own ways to cope. Games are just one outlet; what about prostitution? Real porn addiction? Device-aided masturbation?

    And the people I'm talking about are men who have been on their jobs for more than 5 years(2 are few years short of retirement) with disciplinary record as dirty as every other married guy. They do their work like everyone else and created no problems. It's common for anyone to actually have a mental disorder or two in his lifetime but 'not being normal' does not equal 'not able to function in society'. If that's the case, Steve Jobs, Michael Jackson and Ron Paul should've been locked in a mental asylum.

    Honestly, I'm sick of old retards who think they know it all just because they're good at one area. They tend to think that people ALWAYS choose to be insane, even though it's been proven that even suicidal tendencies can be biological. It's not a clear cut issues that one can just assume with experience alone.

    This guy should just stick to politics. On the other hand though, what he's saying could be purely politically motivated, so I guess I can see where this decrepit motherfucker going.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:44 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    A few 100 years ago science was considered bad and people were persecuted and even burned to death.

    So what if the virtual world is just the next step in human evolution?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:50 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Getting an academic degree doesn't mean you are smart. Just that you know the right people and that you have reasonable speaking skills.

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    Comment by NeverSleep
    23:42 01/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Nah, they're too busy blaming men, games, random stuff in general so they can forget women also can play part in this by only being interested in bishies and/or rich men and that they also can run after someone they want.

    Well, at least in Japan.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    09:56 02/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The problem is society not the games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:01 02/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Exactly right. Many men are tired of the usual women of today who think that they are better than men and lord over men, thinking that they should be the women's slaves.

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    Comment by Conduit
    08:49 02/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Yup, its alllll the games fault, it has nothing to do with the fact that even ugly modern women have ridiculously high standards and that most young Japanese women see men solely as walking ATMs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:22 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    err... i have a 3d girlfriend but im also married to a 2d loli

    so im still sick?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:46 02/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Yes, you sick cheating bastard.

    Now get the fuck out of here.

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    Comment by SaltyPenguin
    14:15 02/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I agree, he needs to dump his girlfriend right now, he's already married.

    Comment by Anonymous

    If your waifu doesn't mind, it's all good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:49 01/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe he's trying to tell them to try harder to get a girl rather than whining around and wasting time playing games

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:43 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    not really a good way to tell them. labeling people negatively ALWAYS makes a fire it works a lot of times before this shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:38 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What guys are whining? The only people whining are the feminist skanks and the mangina professor who works for the feminist skanks- LOL

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    Comment by TFish
    23:49 01/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not really sure how he got this hypothesis into the public without any of his peers pointing that out. This was the first thing I thought as soon as I started reading.

    Unless he's saying that once someone falls to the point where they obsess with games, then it's impossible to bring them back. You could say that about literally anything you could have as a hobby though. If someone enjoys reading, then that's all they're going to do if they shut themselves in their room because they're tired of their outside environment. That doesn't mean reading caused them to do it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:47 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Without the games, those people would have no choice but to force themselves to interact with 3D women (or to die, i think for people like Morikawa death is an acceptable alternative to become an otaku).

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:32 02/03/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)


    Really, this is probably ONE OF THE MOST INSULTING GENERALIZATIONS I heard of this century.


    I cry BULLSHIT to this so called "PROFESSOR"!!

    First, people call you a homo for not having a girlfriend and now, they will also call you SICK?
    Just because you're not a "normal man" with a girlfriend, you are mentally ill???

    "..romance is excessively difficult for young people today, and many are left with the impression that only beautiful men or women can succeed in love. This soon saps them of all romantic ambitions.."

    Really "HONORABLE PROFESSOR"! You already have an answer for your "SCIENTIFIC - PSYCHOLOGICAL THEORY"
    Then why label people without partners as SICK???

    If these are the kinds of people you'll meet in the living, real world, MIGHT AS WELL MARRY A GAME CHARACTER!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:44 02/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Much wisdom indeed.

    And rage.

    But mostly wisdom.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Thumbs up from someone who lives from the Philippines, an over populated country and where Otakus like me are a Rare Breed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:38 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)



    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And society is pouring big money to create this so called professor,one would have to question the sanity of the state as a whole.

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    Comment by kodain
    22:49 01/03/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Or it may just be that said individuals are too busy focusing on other also important stuff like say studies/finding work/working/playing Warhammer 40k. It may also may have something to do with alcohol and One-Night Stands being synonyms for being social, at least here in Sweden it is.

    Wanna find a nice girl? How to proceed and how to meet said utopia? Casually bump into one and then take her for dinner and maybe some movies, get into a relationship and live happily ever after? Nope, off to the club we go!

    Drink, drink some more, meet someone that has also drunken a lot, some cheap more or less non-existent dialogue later you're either in a toilet, a hotel, or someone's place, getting laid. When you wake up she's gone, never to be seen again. Next weekend rinse and repeat.

    And they wonder why some people don't get any? -.-" Today's youth doesn't care about relationships, they just want to have fun without any responsibilities whatsoever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:43 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    They want to have a relationship and have fun without any responsibilities attached.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:44 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with that, but why in public? thats sad even for me, I admit I have a dakimakura pillow and some sim games, but im not shameless enough to go out in public with these.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:52 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Your powerlevel is too low.

    That is not a dakimakura but a girlfriend in the eyes of high power level otaku.

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    Comment by Tasche
    02:46 02/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Must become Imperium's Finest!, Must resist female companionship!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:02 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Adepta Sororitas says hi.

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    Comment by Brain in a body
    09:08 02/03/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)



    A message from your local commissar

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    Comment by ravennite
    09:59 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...And what the gays aren't not making more baby ? thats a sin the church need more people in the pew and more money in the plates ( them lawyers cost a lot)

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:20 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Warhammer 40k makes you breath testosterone, and think only about war.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:41 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    NAH! Just think on the inquisitor girlies and hot sororitas, even if they describe them ugly, just imagine them Fkn HOT!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:40 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually where I lived had a high concentration of STD'S. So really no point in even trying.

    That and people fucking annoy me anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:42 07/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    'That and people fucking annoy me anyway.'

    I feel ya.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:52 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So very true....

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:05 03/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    A purging is in order. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:41 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    so, heres the story :D
    5 types of woman:

    a)ugly woman + shitty attitude = feminist
    b)ugly woman + perfect attitude = sad story
    c)average woman = in a realtionship
    d)hot woman + shitty attitude = bang-able
    e)hot woman + perfect attitude = unique find + complexes about oneself = hardly attainable
    almost only to find in 2D

    5 types of guys:

    Sportsmen: does not care bout woman that much
    Gay: woman are all over them
    Asshole = bangs them, throws them away, women do not notice until they get abandoned
    Average guy: unflashy, thereforde gets hardly noticed.
    Fame/Wealthy(varies from bad to good looks: woman do not care about the looks, but money

    what do we learn from it?
    -> desperate man, they withdraw from that struggle
    -> woman are to overconfident, they think that they could "demand", but turn a blind eye to themselves

    (for those who'd want to know:)
    im in a relationship with type b)
    looking for type e) eventually.
    my ex was sth like 75%C + 25%D

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    Comment by Ecchi-BANZAII
    03:30 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    As a not so happy fellow Swede, I can't agree more.
    Men here are trash and women are loose sluts.
    Since I hate alcohol and hate the people drinking, it'd be hard to find a girl that is the same as me.
    Non-alcoholic, non-partying (at pubs or other alcohol related places) girl.

    The world has become the embodiment of netorare.
    Where virgins are sluts and modest girls are whores for money and alcohol.
    Wanna find a girl that hasn't used her vagina as a road tunnel for hundred other guys?

    Tough luck, check lågstadiet/grade school if you want any...
    It's disgusting, really.


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    Comment by Imyou
    02:02 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believed that too, since it seems to be the default method for young adults. There are other ways though - for instance, (affinity) clubs, like a local sport group. You don't have to be athletic for it - there are even "sports" like motorcycle riding or shooting guns. If you check local ads, there may even be groups of people who get together to play games and hang out.

    You could also take some kind of lessons.

    There are probably way less girls there, but you could even find other hang outs, like tabletop gaming shops or net cafes/LAN party shops. Really, just any place where you might meet a girl with a pretext to break the ice and start talking.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:25 03/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    you assume their town isn't a hick town w/ nothing

    Comment by Anonymous

    Wow. Now thats some bitter otaku. Hate woman much?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:37 02/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    wrong. if you don't have a partner, they'll label you as society's liability aka:a sick person. doesn't matter what reasons you got but they'll generalize you as that. it's like calling black ppl dumb africans. care to like that? no, right? think straight for once plzz

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:43 04/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    most feminist women aren't worth your time- we guys are better off if they all just got on a ship and landed on a desert island somewhere where they can all play Xena warrior princess- maybe they should just become lesbos and fuck each other. Or perhaps buy a dog and fuck it instead. HA HA HA LOL

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:05 05/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually women/lesbians tried to etablish small communities without men. Just go and look up "lesbian utopia".
    Let's just say "it didn't work out as they expected it to".

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 03/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    yea I seem to get that kinda view put upon me. when I did have girlfriends back in the day...… /sigh.... I didn't get looked at odd especially when my nieces would be hanging around me.. I'm popular w/ kids for some reason... and no pedobear I will not bestow upon you my power.. you would use it for evil!

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