25 06 11 - 11:14
Igarashi has a new identity (and plenty of company among young Japanese men) as one of the soushoku danshiâliterally translated, "grass-eating boys." Named for their lack of interest in sex and their preference for quieter, less competitive lives, Japan's "herbivores" are provoking a national debate about how the country's economic stagnation since the early 1990s has altered men's behavior.
Shigeru Sakai of Media Shakers suggests that grass-eating men don't pursue women because they are bad at expressing themselves. He attributes their poor communication skills to the fact that many grew up without siblings in households where both parents worked. "Because they had TVs, stereos and game consoles in their bedrooms, it became more common for them to shut themselves in their rooms when they got home and communicate less with their families, which left them with poor communication skills," he wrote in an e-mail. - Slate
No mention of not wanting to deal with a dying culture or its commercial parasites.
Why recede into self? The outside world is a horror. Inside, we can control it, so we withdraw to the within.
The problem with this is that it mirrors the process that got us into this mess in the first place.