Hikikomori: The Japanese Millennial
The plight of the American Millennial is well known, but Millennialism is not restricted to the United States. In every country across the globe, in every culture, there are Millennials. In Japan, they are known as Hikikomori.
One is considered Hikikomori following three months of isolation, where the Millennial doesn’t even leave his room. This safe space allows the Japanese Millennial to detach from reality, and immerse into a world of video games, comic books, and pornography. Some Hikikomori recover, while others stay the hermit path. The underlying causes are similar to the complaints of a typical American Millennial.
It all comes down to social skills. They lack the ability to connect and communicate with others. Cell phones and social media have ruined a generation, and the effects are clinical. They also cite pressure to succeed, also known as expectations. The problem isn’t the expectations, the problem is the way they handle them. Instead of rising to the challenge, they cower and hide from hard work. My father said the surest way to gauge the mettle of a man was in his work ethic, and I don’t believe truer words have been spoken.