Sometimes, we get bored of the world.
Self-flagellation, exaggerated sadness, and depression awaiting the doors are all signs that you have the curse of squatting. All over the world, this condition is known as autism, and autism is usually the result of depression.
But in Japan, this condition has a unique name, Japanese tendency, which is characteristic of most young people there.
It is hikikomori (Japanese: ひきこもり).
This unique condition includes all the signs of being withdrawn from the outside world. Most notably being careful not to leave the house for up to months. And in 2020, this was the case for millions on the planet due to the Coronavirus (which is no longer a novelty at all).
But regardless of the events of 2020, in general, the case is typical worldwide. It may be related to watching anime.
How is that…?!
What is the idiomatic definition of the condition?
Hikikomori (the term is used for both the case and its subjects) emerged as a phenomenon in Japan in the 1990s. At that time, some experts estimated that about a million people. Primarily young people in their twenties, were spending their days confined to their bedrooms. Reading novels (comic books), watching TV, or playing video games. They refuse to work or go to school and often do not communicate with family members and friends.
There is no standard course of treatment Doctors believe the condition is not yet classified as a formal disorder and is caused by a combination of psychological and social influences. It is common among men who face more significant cultural pressure to achieve social and occupational success than women.
According to the New York Times, “Failure at work or school is the risk of social exclusion, something that can be avoided by voluntary withdrawal from the world.
And for some personal setbacks lead to feelings of inadequacy. Severe, causing anxiety.
“Men begin to feel pressure in high school, and their success is largely determined within two years,” said James Roberson, a cultural anthropologist at Tokyo Gogakan College of Tokyo and editor of Men and Drugs in Contemporary Japan. I don’t like it, and I don’t do it well, go to hell.” In 2010 a Japanese Cabinet report estimated that there were just under 700,000 hikomori in Japan, suggesting their numbers are shrinking. Experts say the government’s findings are unreliable. It should, given that its survey only included people between the ages of 15 and 39.
Tens of thousands of men with this condition may be past the age of majority and more. Although hikikomori usually begins in their teens or twenties, it can come on in middle age and last winter. In addition, the Japan Times reported that an increasing number of men in their mid-40s were falling and exhibiting “hikikomori-like behaviors,” usually occurring after they were laid off.
Causes of hikikomori phenomenon
Hikikomori always comes from high-income families, and parents who leave life this way are often from higher education. Researchers have found that educated parents have higher expectations for their children and have ways to support an unemployed son. 88 hikikomori that 60% live with both parents and a smaller percentage live with only their mother. The problem is not limited to Japan, a review published in the journal “Research and Advances in Psychiatry” last year found documented cases of hikikomori-style social exclusion in countries All over the world, including the United States, China, Spain, Italy, Australia, Bangladesh, Iran, and in South Korea, hikikomori patients may be known for their severe internet addiction and are a significant public health concern in the country.
According to the review authors, the conditions that generate hikikomori can exist in any developed country, especially in times of high youth unemployment or underemployment. Technology is, after all, good at making us feel connected, even when we feel alone. However, there are many assumptions about hikikomori that are made.
For example, challenging it with new research, the government assumed that hikikomori was a young case.
However, previous surveys had only limited between 15 to 39 years old. As a result, Japan is conducting its first nationwide survey on hikikomori between 40 to 59 years old this year. The results were announced in December 2018, and the condition was also thought to affect only young men.
Still, as Naohiro says, “Currently the ratio of male to female withdrawal is believed to be about the same,” adding that many “began to realize that there is quite a few hikikomori who are married with female heads of state.” homes.
Additionally, there is the “2030 problem,” as older adults with this condition age and continue to withdraw longer. The concern is that many people who are classified as hikikomori within 12 years will reach their 60s (And they won’t have a family to support them), which makes reintegration into society more challenging, plus as more people withdraw from society and stop working.
The fear is that the Japanese economy will suffer as well.
So far, the Japanese Ministry of Health’s conventional definition of the condition is people’s refusal to leave the family home, go to work or study, surrounding themselves in one room, away from society and family, for more than six months altogether. However, other doctors said that it is a psychological condition that affects young people in their teens and late twenties. It is considered a way to circumvent reality and discourage the person’s inability to improve his living conditions.
Later, after conducting first-hand interviews with sufferers on a large scale across Japan, psychoanalysts came up with definitions more relevant to reality. For example, the situation does not necessarily imprison the individual in his home for long months. Still, it can reduce contact with people to 1% of the day, such as that the young man rubs with his family when receiving food.
Returning to the room again quickly.
Some analysts have also linked the condition to teenage truancy, saying that the slacker (known as “futoko/Toko-Kiyoshi”) is more likely to be isolated from the world. This is most likely because the one who evades education reduces his chances of obtaining a stable government job in the country, and thus loses financial stability, and also loses the respect of society and the family for him, so he decides to avoid all these tragedies, and always sit in his room.
Does anime have a hand in the matter?
Anime is a way of entertainment that’s for granted.
Of course, for some, it may be a means of subsistence and livelihood, but this is not what is customary among the general public. Art criticism is only a fraction of a million of the constellations of desired goals of any entertainment work. The first and last goal is to attract the audience to watch for as long as possible, which increases viewership and works to convince the viewer to buy accessories and the anime’s Blu-ray later.
But while everything is cute and cute when viewed from the outside, it is downright tragic on the inside. Some otakus call themselves Weebs, i.e., anime addicts. These people spend almost their entire day watching anime episodes until you find them keeping the exact start dates of the episodes because they memorize the duration of displaying the starting badge from the frequent repetition and repetition of it again and again.
Imagine waking up in the morning and suddenly deciding not to go to school or university. You open an anime episode. And it pulls you into a season after season and anime after anime until you find your eyes burning, and you discover it’s night. You’re barely out of your room to go to the toilet Or picking up food right on the edge of the door. And if only it stops at that, but you find that it is exciting and soothing to the mind. From the noise of life, and you decide to sit inside it.
It is your safe space now.
Until you eventually find that your academic level has declined. Your social relationships are destroyed, and your plans are in vain.
It’s unfortunate, but that high school and college students are most affected by this state of voluntary isolation, which is understandable. At such a young age, a person goes through much stress that adults cannot easily understand. Since they have crossed that stage already long ago. The teenager, in general, suffers from bullying in the school space. The difficulty of educational materials, family drought, and other factors that make him psychological; in the gutter.
Therefore, he has no escape except anime, as it is the least harmful means of escape to humans. At that time, the teenager says to himself: “At least I did not take drugs and did not have sex under the legal age.”
I discovered that I have this condition. How should I act?
It is not simple, it is in the first, and the last place depends not only on the lifestyle, but the factors that made the lifestyle itself bad, such as depression, depression is the specialty of the psychiatrist. Therefore, before listening to the following advice, we strongly advise you to go to a specialist and ask him for help. In the end, medicine is the key to humanity’s survival from the worst evils.
The following solutions are not traditional, like joining the gym or taking a walk every morning and letting the sunshine through your golden baldness, but somewhat realistic solutions from someone who has had the condition for almost all their college years.
Reducing the number of anime episodes by using the mother’s slipper
The mother “slipper” (the Egyptian in particular) is an ancient tool, proving its effectiveness in every time and place.
For a person who wants to control himself, he should seek help from someone who has family authority over him. Instead of making a mistake and waiting for a painful punishment, make an agreement with your mother, convince her that she should only give you the phone two hours a day, and set fixed appointments.
In this way, you will be forced to reduce the number of anime episodes per day. Accordingly, you will find that boredom is a killer, and finding another way to kill boredom is a must. Then you will begin to explore the world around you and find that there are novels in the library, for example, that are worth reading.
Change the times of the day.
Usually, what breaks the squat state is to go to certain places during the day and at fixed times. For example, there is an educational class for one university subject, at nine in the morning every Saturday. In this case, you have already set yourself up to spend a long time watching before and after the class.
So the most appropriate solution here is to come in another group, say at three in the afternoon of the same day. This slight difference will follow the effect of the butterfly. The continuity of change will create new preparations for watching anime until you get bored entirely and start making an actual balance between the anime and your life activities.
You may be surprised by this solution, but it is beneficial.
Each season, several anime comes out, and after three episodes, it’s often up to you to decide whether to keep watching or not. Here you have to continue watching the anime that you decided to leave altogether. That is, you will deliberately watch the evil deeds. This will fill the urgent need to watch the anime a little, to start depositing a new belief that the anime is not all good. What we just said seems illogical and useless, but honestly, it is valuable and from experience.Tags: Anime, Anime culture, Anime movies, Anime series, Anime world