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15 Ways To Tell You're A Hikikimori
Are you Not in Employment, Education or Training? Be careful...
By Chris Beveridge
December 03, 2009
In a number of countries, there’s a term that the government uses called “NEET”, which classifies people that are “Not in Employment, Education or Training.” Usually benefits continue to be extended and that classification isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In Japan, the government only does this for about six months before you’re kicked off to fend for yourself. What often happens to people at this point is that they slowly become something called “hikikomori.” According to Wikipedia, which sources the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare, a hikikomori “is a Japanese term to refer to the phenomenon of reclusive individuals who have chosen to withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement because of various personal and social factors in their lives. The term hikikomori refers to both the sociological phenomenon in general as well as to individuals belonging to this societal group.”
With nearly a million people in Japan classified this way, with many of them living solely off of the support of their parents and family, there are a lot of warning signs. FUNimation recently released a complete series that takes a tongue in cheek look at the world of a few hikikomori called “Welcome the NHK” which had been previously released by ADV Films. In looking at the show, and looking at anime fandom and other fandoms, there are definitely a number of warning signs. Do these signs fit you? And if so, is that a good or bad thing?
- The money your parents or relatives send you for basic necessities is considered a "paycheck."
- Belts, clean clothes and doing laundry is no longer import and youno longer see a reason to own pants that don't feature an elastic waist.
- The computer screen and television are your prefered methods of indoor lighting.
- Your idea of a healthy meal includes the phrases "just add water" and/or "microwave for 5 minutes."
- You consider gold farming in MMOs a viable means of personal employment.
- You have more trash in your room or apartment than anything else.
- You've turned dish soap into dual purpose soap by using that in the shower as well.
- You consider Konami's Love Plus for the Nintendo DS just as good, if not better than, having a real girlfriend.
- You prefer to leave the house late at night and only to frequent the local 24-hour convenience store so you don't have to interact with anyone
- Your best friend can cast fireballs, wears a wide-brimmed pointy hat, and goes by the name Rydia1634…you’ve never met this person in real life.
- Members of the opposite sex scare you in person, but you feel a need to take care of them when you see them in other forms, be it animation, movies or books.
- Eye contact is forbidden; people might actually try to talk to you. Isolation is best since other people may be out to get you.
- The only place you feel safe and comfortable is in your room, especially if you have lots of memorabilia in there that make you feel warm inside.
- You actually believe and engage in dating two dimensional characters and set about creating petitions to make it legal.
- You've read this list, realized that you fit most of the categories and head to 2ch to complain vociferously about it.