Gender indifference continues among young people in Japan

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The centre Gendai Ismedia from the publisher Kodansha post an interview with Yusuke Hayashiheld the eighth edition of “National Survey of Youth Sexual Behavior (National Survey of Youth Sexual Behavior) ”, Which suggested that young people in Japan would be less interested and less likely to have sex.

«Since the survey began, rates of sexual activity among high school and college students have been steadily rising, peaking in 2005 for both genders. (26.6% for high school boys and 30.3% for girls; 63.0% for college boys and 62.2% for girls). However, the 2011 survey for both high school and college students dropped significantly, while the 2017 survey fell further. (13.6% for high school boys and 19.3% for girls; 47.0% for college students and 36.7% for girls)».

«In the 2017 survey, there was a significant decrease among high school students, not only in the rate of experiencing sexual behavior, but also in the positive response to the question “Have you ever been interested in sex?”, As well as the question. proportion of those who have a boyfriend or girlfriend. In 2005, 21.8% of high school boys and 29.5% of girls responded positively; as well as 38.2% of university boys and 46.0% of girls. But in 2017 those numbers dropped to 15.8% of high school boys and 23.8% of girls, as well as 26.1% of college boys and 30.5% of girls.».

«Hayashi: While it’s easy to talk only about the rate of experience of sexual behavior, the fact of the matter is that the entire population has not become sexually passive, but is polarized (bipolar) in sexual behavior, with some sections of the population becoming sexually active even at a younger age. It is more accurate to consider this as a “balance change”, since the calm people themselves have been around for a long time. Increase in the number of young people (50.6% of high school boys and 68.4% of girls) express their lack of interest in sex, not only in terms of the actual activity of sexual intercourse, but also in psychological aspects, and negative images of sex as “dirty” and “dark” are also becoming stronger .».

«Hayashi (continued): The fact that boys think like this is likely to lead to more sexual inactivity in the future, which indirectly affects unity and later marriages. The number of reports of sexual assaults and crimes has increased, and this may be one of the reasons why sex is not well understood among young people. There are some hypotheses as to why the rate of sexual experience has decreased, but it is not possible to be sure. For example, it is said to be “the influence of smartphones”. While the possibility is not ruled out, it is difficult to quantify. No one showed what people do on their phones and how this affects their sexual behavior.».

«Hayashi (End): So in the past, when cell phones (the traditional ones) came out, people were not sexually inactive. Of course, one feature of smartphones that was not present on mobile phones was mobile internet access, but it’s hard to tell empirically. It should also be noted that sexual reticence is not a phenomenon unique to Japan, because it is observed not only in Japan, but also in the United States, South Korea, and other countries.».

«Hayashi (on the question of the impact of sexual inactivity on adult life): More and more people with zero experience are getting into college age, and more and more people with zero experience are getting into adulthood. The cause cannot be easily identified in this case either. However, Looking at the students, I realize that they are much busier than they were when we were students, even with stricter attendance requirements in university classes, and that they are more demanding when looking for work , so it’s no surprise that the priority is relative. Dating and having sex has declined».

Source: Gendai Ismedia | Japan

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