The man living happily wired into the net meeting his financial obligations and not breaking any law is fine in my eyes.
Sometimes the net is preferable to the available versions of meatspace
It' doesn't matter whether someone participate activly with society, as long as they benefiting from it, they are a part of it.
people genuinely believe they are being empathic, but copy and pasting "prevention resources" isn't getting close to what people are going through
The first two characters imply someone who is dragged along and the second two refer to a nursemaid suggesting nursemaid-ing someone who doesn't want to be here. Not in defense of any such defeatist behavior but there is the question of how (and possibly why) would you impose measures to counteract that mindset if individuals and their support context are comfortable with it?
The 引き part is less "dragged along" in this context and more "pull away from," so the literal meaning is "to pull away from (society) and isolate oneself."
引きこもり [ひきこもり] (n) (1) shut-in, stay-at-home, hikikomori, people
引きずる [ひきずる] (v5r,vt) (1) to drag along, to pull, (2) to force someone along, (3) to prolong, to drag out, (4) to influence strongly, to seduce, (P)
子守 [こもり] (n,vs) (1) nursemaid, nanny, babysitter, (2) child-minding
But starting from [ひきこもり] ambiguities are possible.
Additionally, it's very difficult to be interesting without a diverse set of different friends and experiences to be the bridge between. As a 'natural leaf node' I find that I've been the first to get culled when others contract or otherwise shift their time allocations for higher priority slots in their lives.
The transaction cost of visiting friends is also affected by the size of metro areas, traffic/lack of good transit meshes, and the insane cost of housing. It often isn't worth leaving a small, opportunity isolated, corner of suburbia to meet someone else if it's going to take an hour or more one way for each trip; particularly if that's during 'rush hour' traffic hell.
Today's war for attention is insanity fueled by ad revenue and I feel like everyone's a looser in this war.
The numbers given in the article suggest about 1% of the Japanese population are hikikomori, that seems, at first glance, quite common.
Howber, now that I’ve wtitten that it occurs to me there may be expectations in a culture that are difficult to see from within.
For instance blogging, affiliate ads, game streaming, youtube ads, etc.
This might not a big part of the pie, but it’s not 0 either.
Its likely the way the market will "fight" modern gig economy business models is by weaponizing socialized support systems. If you ever uber and make $5 or get $50 from admob annual income for a youtube channel, you're "a rich self employed small businessperson" with substantial legal and taxation reporting requirements and an official "job" so no college student loans for you, no food stamps, etc. Fight the business model by drying up the supply. If the only people doing mturk, uber, or recording youtube content are either dirt poor or independently wealthy, that will eliminate that segment of the marketplace via lack of supply. The income from gig economy isn't enough to live, so survival will dictate abandonment of the gig economy. The legacy marketplace players have a large financial motivation to implement something like this. I don't think taxi drivers or legacy TV network execs will oppose shenanigans that wipe out the gig economy.
It’s still pretty vague, my rough translation: “people who didn’t participate in social activities, like school or work for more than 6 months”.
Also it’s stressed that this time they didn’t automatically remove at home spouses, and they were flagged as hikikomori if they had almost no interaction outside of their family.
I wouldn’t surprised if blogging or content creating on the net would be excluded from “social participation” or not seen as communication in general.
Unemployed almost never includes retired people and 36.2% of those surveyed cited retirement as a trigger for social withdraw.
What happened is that Dr. John Calhoun made a series of increasingly large "utopias" for mice and rats. Mice were fed, kept warm, and placed in a controlled area where there were no predators. After a bit, the mice begin to thrive and expand. But after a while things start to go astray in ways that are unexpected and a bit strange. And ultimately the population collapses and completely dies out --- even in utopia.
Worth pointing out is that the mental health issues are only the symptom and not the cause, the cause should be adressed first rather than the symptoms.
How do you determine the root causes to be addressed?
Not to mention in the US many of these would have ended up on the streets...
To me the bigger cause of not enjoying it was/is external life getting back at you, notably worries about the future. I don't want to go to far into personal details, but I enjoyed it long enough to be confident I could indefinitely, if our society would be supporting it. This might be fine for a "robots do all the work" kind of future, but I have my doubts about UBI.
Anyway, after some point you most definitively want help to get out. As for mental health, there are probably reasons that made you retreat, but it likely caused new issues as well. But that's just one part of a well functioning support network.
It's the basis for the wildly successful and profitable "mental clinic" franchise business. There is one of those ( or two, or three, or four ) in front of every train station in Tokyo. For those who don't know Japan, take a look at a train map of Greater Tokyo and count stations, just for fun. You'll be doing that for a while. Then multiply the number by 2 or 4 to get to the number of "mental clinics".
Those are little more than drug dispensers run by legally authorized pimps with no medical expertise of any kind or a psychiatrist or psychologist anywhere on the premises, but anyone ( and millions do ) can "treat" their anxiety, depression, or insomnia, with half a dozen prescriptions a month. For good measure, they make sure to book appointments weekly in both the clinic near home and also the one near work. And maybe have a third one as backup.
What's needed is proper mental health services, on that you're spot on. And as another comment points out, to erase the stigma of suffering a mentall illness, so people don't use alcohol or these vending machine style clinics with no oversight to treat themselves.
That it is a problem and it needs to be treated everyone's perfectly aware of.
Also, on the good side, in Russia there are much fewer social obligations before people. As in Japan, if you didn't get a college degree to become a salaried employee in a huge company, you are fucked and no one respects you. In Russia, you can do a lot of things and with vast majority population being dirt poor and apathetic, social standards of what constitutes 'successful enough' are very low - some kid who dropped out of college to make $1500 on Upwork writting crappy PHP code at the age of 30 is a success story and his parents are proud of him - in Japan he would be a hikikomori because it would be a total shame to be in that state.