Al Fin, You Sexy Thing!

02 February 2012

You Don't Bring Me Flowers, You Don't Sing Me Love Songs

We all know what happens to couples when the passion goes away. But what happens to societies, countries, and entire civilisations when they lose the will to love and mate? Japan appears to be going through this experience now, and the results are not pretty.
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A startling number of Japanese youths have turned their backs on sex and relationships, a new survey has found.

The survey, conducted by the Japan Family Planning Association, found that 36% of males aged 16 to 19 said that they had "no interest" in or even "despised" sex. That's almost a 19% increase since the survey was last conducted in 2008.

If that's not bad enough, The Wall Street Journal reports that a whopping 59% of female respondents aged 16 to 19 said they were uninterested in or averse to sex, a near 12% increase since 2008.

The survey paints a bleak picture for Japan's aging population.

...CNN spoke to a Midori Saida, a 24-year-old Japanese woman who described "herbivore men" as "flaky and weak."

"We like manly men," she said. "We are not interested in those boys -- at all."

...Another theory that seeks to explain Japan's shrinking population is that Japanese youth spend too much time engaged with technology, living in virtual worlds or settling for virtual girlfriends rather than real ones. _Loss of Passion in Japan

Japan may lose as much as 1/3 of its population over the next 45 years. This will make it difficult to support Japan's rapidly ageing population of retired persons, and almost impossible for Japan to pay back its huge debts.
Biologically, it is clear that sexual behaviours are strongly influenced by gene activity. It is not certain that altered gene expression is responsible for any of the loss of interest in sex being shown by Japanese youth, but it is something to consider.

It will be important to keep an eye on this phenomenon. The future of civilisation may depend on it.

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