Is Music Making us Hikikomori?

First – a definition: Hikikomori (from Japanese), also known as acute social withdrawal, is total withdrawal from society and seeking extreme degrees of social isolation and confinement. Hikikomori refers to both the phenomenon in general and the recluses themselves. Hikikomori have been described asloners or “moder-day hermits”. Estimates suggest that half a million Japanese youths have become social recluses, as well as more than half a million middle-aged individuals. (Wikipedia)

So … where is the connection?

Well, have you seen how a large chunk of population consumes music lastly? Small plug-in, or large over-the-ear headphones you can see dangling on people’s heads everywhere.

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