36% of 16-19-Year-Old Boys “Sexless”


Japanese statistics which suggest over a third of male youths and nearly two thirds of female youths have no interest in or an active dislike of sex have lately been exciting the concern of Japanese online.

The results of the latest governmental survey of Japanese attitudes to sex and marriage, undertaken every 5 years, reveal a society in which men and women are apparently increasingly alienated from one and other.

The survey found 61% of unmarried men aged 18-34 have no girlfriend, a 9.2% increase from 2005. For women, 50% had no boyfriend (suggesting they are tending to date older men).

45% of both sexes actually said they were not particularly interested in dating someone of the opposite sex.

A quarter of unmarried men and women in their late thirties also reported having had no sexual experiences at all.

However, despite all this, both sexes do apparently desire marriage – 86% of unmarried men and 89% of unmarried women report wanting to wed. Over 40% reported economic uncertainties as preventing their marriage.

A related survey of young people aged 16-19 found extraordinarily low levels of interest in sex amongst youngsters – 36% of boys reported having “no interest” in or “dislike” of sex, up 19% in only 3 years, and amongst girls it was up 12% to 59%.

A wide variety of interpretations of such findings have been proffered, although thus far nobody has actually attempted to do anything about the issue.

The increasingly destitute younger generations of men (who are more often than not expected to sustain a dedicated housewife whether or not children are involved) are thought to be deferring marriage and even dating for financial reasons.

More speculatively, there are some who consider their traditional masculinity to be increasingly in doubt, with the media having concocted such terms as “herbivorous men” to highlight the trend.

Women meanwhile face problems of their own – those in their late twenties and beyond are widely regarded as having poor marriage prospects, if any, and some do not even find the prospect of married life appealing in the first place.

It has also been frequently suggested that they tend to have unrealistic expectations as to the income and status of their desired husband, which when coupled with low incomes for young men and their own short shelf-life serves to drive marriage rates down further still.

As the actual numbers of Japanese besotted with such solitary pursuits as doll fancying and anime watching are insignificant, it is unlikely such pastimes have anything more than a tiny effect – although they do make inviting targets for media and political harangues.

2ch has some interesting alternative interpretations (focused exclusively on the issue of young people not having sex, for some reason):

“Virgin excuses.”

“Isn’t that when you most want it?”

“They should be at it like monkeys at that age. Japan is done for.”

“So let us have the women your age if you don’t want them. Make it legal already.”

“But aren’t the virginity rates of high schoolers still lower than ever?”

“Women are filthy inside and out, so it’s no surprise.”

“It’s a hassle dating people. Onanism is easy.”

“I heard they were all doing it at that age. I guess only the girls are getting any action then…”

“They arrest people for doing it with 16 and 17-year-olds, yet these idiots are saying we face a catastrophic decline in birth rates?”

“Even a plain girl looks enticing at 18. If you arrest everyone older who has sex with them it’s not really surprising you get ruined birth rates.”

“If you continuously hammer elementary schoolers and up with horror tales of abortions, STDs and AIDS, it’s obvious they will view sex with revulsion when they mature.”

“I think the real issue is that the ideal partners both men and women seek have been continuously getting more and more unrealistic as the years progress.”

“Banning sex from TV and putting mosaics on everything can’t have helped.”

“Now they can get uncensored porn off the Internet, so who needs the real thing.”

“I’ve done 3 girls as a 19-year-old student. But it’s such a hassle. You old guys can have my sex quota.”

“A lot of young people are overly fastidious when it comes to personal cleanliness. You should just dump those ideas and let nature take its course.”

“Having a shower before sex, another one after. It’s too much hassle.”

“Blame the Bubble generation. Watching your parents greedily cheating and whoring is anough to put anyone off sex.”

“It’s not about people not wanting sex. Everyone wants it. It’s that to get to have sex, the amount of effort and money required have become insane.”

“There are too many good eroge these days.”

“It’s all a lie, they are just embarrassed.”

“If you watch an AV you really wouldn’t want to do it.”

“What do you expect, if you arrest every guy who has sex with a girl.”

“If ero is bad and sex is viewed as wicked, as they increasingly seem to be, it’s no surprise you see lowered interest in them.”

“Onaholes feel too good. It feels better doing one of them whilst being embraced by a woman than it does actually doing the woman, seriously!”

“2D + onahole > 3D sex. Hurry up and make a machine so we can have sex with 2D girls.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    07:07 01/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    To be honest, looking at everything I know about Japanese women by now I would stay clear of them. They're absolutely not desirable for many many many many reasons. I really pity the Japanese guys for having to put up with them. It's no wonder so many of them are falling for 2D characters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 01/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    'Everything I know about japanese woman'.
    which, let me guess, you learned from skewed statistics on this site.
    I bet you don't actually know a single flesh and blood japanese woman. I know several, and they're all great girls. But they're not interested in 3D men, because 3D men are usually assholes. SNAP! It works both ways.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:11 01/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I lived in Japan. (I'm not the OP.) And I can definitely say I agree with his statements.

    Obviously this won't apply to all Japanese women, but the culture of women over there isn't something I wanted to be a part of.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:32 02/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    11:41 How does one give facts about life experience?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:41 01/12/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Where the fuck is your facts?

    Comment by Anonymous

    "All men are assholes!" ...or depressed and blah blah blah.

    Dating is pretty sad scene nowadays. I blame feminists.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:32 02/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    There is nothing weaker than a man who whines about feminists. Be a good man, take your power back, and shut up. Whining only gives them more fuel.

    Comment by Anonymous

    yep of course its because of the feminists they made women more important then man obviously .

    Comment by Anonymous

    Forget knowing Japanese women... I bet you don't know ANY women.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:05 01/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This is how a society kills itself - it's so uptight and money-focused that people actively stop trying to get together... The freeters and parasite singles should just realize they are never going to have much money, and it's more fun to be having sex with each other now than it is waiting for the magical pile of cash to appear.

    There is no lack of desire, but with the expectation that men will provide for women (dead in reality in this economy), it's not hard to see why men turn away. But it is pathetic that the women also don't consider their position...

    It's like the Japanese nation is one big anime club - a bunch of sexually repressed people too crazy and socially akward to realize they could just have sex with each other.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 01/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think this is correct

    The obsession with money mirrors the attitude of social conformity in Japan, since money is itself a form common to the millions.

    Fortunately the solution is as easy as ignoring the social pressures and following your instincts. There is hope.

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    Comment by Kiljoy616
    04:01 01/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    so first we demonize sex then we want people to have more, wtf is wrong with government and people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:45 10/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a neverending battle between our genetics and our "morals"

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    Comment by Doitsujin
    04:23 01/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Once you realize, that you dont have to have sex or a girlfriend in order to live a happy life, that you can really do anything you want, that is true freedom.
    People might call that egoistical.

    And about that declining birth rate ? Just set retirement age to 90 and legal age to 16 - problem solved.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:38 01/12/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Women realized this years ago. It's just men who cling to the idea that they are nothing if they don't have sex.

    You see it here all the time with people talking big and over-exaggerating whenever they see a hot girl so everyone will believe they are straight or sexually active or into women. We get it, you're attracted to women. Now go live your life.

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    Comment by LDC
    11:44 01/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan is as lonely as I am! Hooray!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:17 01/12/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I would tend to agree, however personally I feel like living a happy life would sometimes feel fairly pointless without someone to share it with. Some people need companionship, which can make life difficult at times.

    As far as the declining birth rate goes, isn't japan's population super high with regard to the total amount of land they have? so it seems like it wouldnt be such a bad thing for the birth rate to slow down for a while

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    Comment by M.A.D
    08:26 01/12/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    No, declining birthrate means that one this generation pass onto retirement age, there would be significantly less workforce in the following generation, which means the burden of society would be harder on those young people.

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    Comment by Daisuki-chan
    21:28 01/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Too bad everyone loves Ponzi schemes and pushing debt, a polluted environment, resource shortages, economic problems, and generally anything bad onto future generations, at least if they're not going to have to endure it themselves by being alive when the shit hits the fan. And of course old people dominate politics, especially in Japan, ensuring that such problems persist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:12 01/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    A small decline would be fine over time. The problem is this sharp decline and not enough people to run the country as effectively.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:04 03/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some people need compainship, some don't.
    Western society pressures you into having sex and marry someone even when you don't want it.
    Every side has its own problems.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:36 01/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    its 16 in Canada and wee have the same problem

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:36 01/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some people don' t even consider it a problem though lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:25 01/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Well, I'm 29 in dec and I'm still a virgin...the problem is the girls I'm interest in aren't interested in me....and the girls that are interested in me I'm not interested in them....and I'm not attracted to purely physical aspects, I love women that I can hold a scientific discussion with..sigh...I think I'm screwed because I'm a medical scientist..nerd..and average looking..sigh..

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:48 01/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You're not screwed, you're playing it smart.

    Too many guys fall right into women's hands and fall for their games, giving women all the power over them.

    The fact that you demand that a girl can hold a conversation will drive the gold-diggers, whores, and lazy ass bitches away from you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:24 01/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This man speaks the truth.

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    Comment by cpc65
    20:38 01/12/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Amen brother (or sister). You don't know how many friends I've lost because they fell into a black hole and vanished when they got married. Wifey won't let them go out and play at all unless it's with HER.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:44 01/12/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    That's very true. There has to be a common ground SOMEWHERE where you two can see eye-to-eye... and not being able to hold a mutual conversation pertaining to each others' interests is definitely not a good sign.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:30 02/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sadly the reason so many girls suck these days is because men made them that way. Men want so desperately to get laid that they will bend over backwards for any woman who even hints that they might have sex with them. Or hell, even if they are attractive enough.

    If more men would have higher standards about who they gave their time and attention to, girls would have to step it up.

    Imagine the look on some attention whoring tease's face when you pass her buy for the more conservative girl who can actually hold a conversation. I've seen it, and it's always priceless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:24 03/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It works both ways.

    Men's short term goals (desire for easy sex) can be incompatible with their long term. (Marriage to a virtuous woman.)

    Women's short term goals - and indeed, attractions - are basically flings with socially dominant or high status men, regardless of commitment or emotional availability. Their short term behavior doesn't encourage the right qualities in the opposite sex either.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    17:31 02/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think that's a valid explanation.

    It's just that people treat dating scene as a 'game' too much. It's taken way too lightly and while guys may think it might actually benefit them, they don't because the ultimate choice is left to the girls.

    It's funny, because treating it all like some game kind of puts a serious twist to it all, in that it's something that is hard to win or that there's a specific formula to succeeding.

    Just be zen and let attraction take place naturally and just do whatever to find someone. Maybe ignore the idiotic social norms (at least barring from barbarism or total inappropriateness) and try to enjoy life and make a progress.

    I won't mince any words, the Internet and all the hyperconnectivity of modern society is partially to blame. It makes our paranoia go ever deeper and most people probably can't handle it as well as they may say they do. I'd imagine that if one wanted to act upon an attraction before the Internet, people would do the sensible thing and actually reach out to a person they like by meeting, dating or using telephones. The net and all the ways we keep pondering and exploring ways to communicate, it confuses most people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:26 01/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't give in. Just one more year until you become a wizard!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:12 20/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I second this comment! 29 is ...so close

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 05/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You don't need to marry the girl girl to fuck her. Stop being so damn picky and just fuck them, interest be damned. Pussy is pussy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:01 03/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Scientific American has a dating service.

    Cavet Emptor.

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    Comment by M.A.D
    08:45 01/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, what Anon 06:48 said. Also, all parents want their girls to marry doctors or lawyers, so you'll never run out of demands.

    Well, I would suggest striking conversations with young girls from medical schools. Some of them ought to be actually interested in what they're studying, and you'll also have the advantage of an older senpai ;)

    Comment by Anonymous

    See, this is a problem. You are not supposed to have scientific discussions with your girlfriend. You don't have to marry every woman you have sex with either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:35 02/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You're a moron with no reading comprehension.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:22 01/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Well I'm almost 24. Virgin, tall, slim, smart and pretty good looking, I actually feel sorry for all these girls obviously feeling nervous aside of me or thinking I want to socialize with them whenever I give them a fake smile.

    My tastes are definitely heterosexual yet I'm not interested in women. I'm kinda fucked up I know but I enjoy life that way, I pushed the notion of individualism a bit too far I think though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:36 01/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Maybe you just want to get your life together and are waiting for the right girl so you don't have to waste precious time with some skank?

    Most girls like to think we're all into fucking and chucking so they have an excuse to talk bad about us, but tons of guys don't want to fuck anything that moves and are looking for someone we actually care about.

    Why waste your time with a gold-digger, skank, or someone you don't connect with? And I hate casual sex. Bitch I don't know where you've been.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:26 01/12/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Yes, and while you're waiting and getting your life together I'll keep your "right girl" entertained.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:29 01/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If she's fucking around with you she's a skank and wouldn't be the right girl.

    Reading comprehension is your friend.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:29 01/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh look, another example of a guy who thinks it makes him look badass and mature for having sex, just like people have been doing for centuries.

    Wow that's so new and unique. You must be so proud of yourself for discovering this. I mean, it's not like anyone else has ever done this.

    Comment by คภєк๏
    04:43 01/12/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    The word is "narcissism".

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:48 01/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    But I'm too narcissistic to believe that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:14 01/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    nearly 2/3 of females are liars! (and sluts)

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:33 01/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And half of the rest finds a man for life easily

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:33 01/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    By half of the rest you mean half of the 1/3

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:50 01/12/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    "tall, slim, smart, pretty good looking"

    How scrawny nerds describe their appearance online.

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    Comment by Satonaka
    04:42 01/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You're telling me, I work in retail to pay ''fur teh skools right nao.'' I'm TRAINED to give fake smiles daily :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:46 10/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe you're actually a closet asexual.

    Asexuals are so lucky - They don't have to worry about this stuff.

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