Imaginary Lover


From here,

More and more Japanese millennials are opting for virtual relationships over real ones. That’s right, instead of dating a human being, they’re dating their favorite film or anime character, even a meme or character in a video game. It’s a cultural trend that’s sparked the creation of a multi-million dollar “virtual romance industry” in Japan

The obvious question would be “why”?  Perhaps the better question would be “why not”?

As detailed in many places, young Japanese men really don’t have much incentive to dive into life.  As for the young women, there are just not so many men that they find desirable for due to disincentivized men.

Lacking income stability, Japanese millennials remain safe in their parents’ nests, hesitant to take risks in both career and relationships. Quite frankly, it’s easier to stay in your childhood bedroom and create a virtual world through your computer where you can and always will remain in control of everything – including your romantic partner.

Yes, in control they are.  Consider amusement parks.  The roller coasters are awesome because they give a sense of danger and excitement, without really being dangerous.    Now consider video games, they do the same thing.  To get the maximum thrill, people learn to suspend their disbelief, sort of actually feeling the danger.  They are in danger, but really not, all at the same time.  I am sure that the younger generation has become very adept at this.  Perhaps much more so than you believe.

Consider boys/young men.  They can get much of the physical relief through self-service.  Doing the relationship aspect in a simulated manner has never been viable.  But now it is.  So a group skilled at turning off disbelief is given the means to have virtual relationships.  All at very low cost and no risk.  What is not for them to like?

It is true that for males, the physical aspect is foremost.  Yet other aspects can be rewarding, and add to that.  Women should be concerned.

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92 comments on “Imaginary Lover
  1. Farm Boy says:

    Imaginary lover capabilities will only improve over time.

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  2. FNU MNU LNU says:

    and the downside is ???

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  3. SFC Ton says:

    They are a strange people.

    I figure in the usa/ west pets will become more popular and more spoiled. Hard as that is to imagine. And I don’t see the virtual lover thing becoming overly popular here

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  4. Yoda says:

    Many things imported from Japan they have been

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  5. Yoda says:

    Look at some of the guys in this video one might
    Many of them candidates for virtual relationship they would be

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  6. Yoda says:

    Men who voted for Hillary have testosterone level checked they should

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  7. molly says:

    “Many of them candidates for virtual relationship they would be”

    As which one tho, the virtue-or or the virtue-ee?

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  8. happyhousewifey says:

    Why? Because Japan.

    This is not a new thing. Romance novels and adventure books, anyone? Young girls dreaming about moviestars?

    You already have people who date online, just chatting and never meeting. I’m pretty sure one of my brother has a number of those (and then in real life is very err… ‘active’, too), he watches no tv just webcams. Then there are the people who date inmates they never even knew before (talk about control issues).

    I am more concerned about the dysfunction in real relationships, than the fact that some people find an alternative that works for them.

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  9. The thing is… women did this to themselves. When women create an environment in which the only thing they have to offer is access to their vagina but access to that vag means having to deal with a boxcar load of baggage and attitude… the next logical step is to reject them in favor of a fleshlight. Why is anyone surprised this is happening?

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  10. Yoda says:

    This is not a new thing. Romance novels and adventure books, anyone?

    But more realistic and interactive simulations would be

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  11. Farm Boy says:

    The AI software that provides the “realtionship” part is getting better continually. Many experts are warning that soon it will be “too good”. It is true that the “relationship part” perhaps appeals more to girls, but with boys kind of being encouraged to be girly men, it might appeal to them also

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  12. Farm Boy says:

    I am more concerned about the dysfunction in real relationships,

    What to do about that? Any suggestions?

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  13. “What to do about that? Any suggestions?”

    Bring back public dueling. Code Duello that allows for death by misadventure with no penalty for the victor. One of the major reasons why women were able to get away with what they’ve done is there was a whole herd of thirsty manginas supporting their crap no matter how bad their behavior was… all in hopes of getting a shot at that vag.

    When manginas start getting served with a challenge that can and most likely will result in their death (skill playing Doom or CoD will not help when the bullets are real), everything changes. Lots of manginas will watch. Weapons fire. Mangina hits the ground, bleeding to death. Manginas then observe the predictable female response: Women cluster around the victor, panties soaking wet, completely ignoring the white knight bleeding to death on the ground.

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  14. RichardP says:

    If a vagina is all that men want, why the focus on “women should be feminine”? A vagina is a vagina, no? Shouldn’t matter whether it is on a butch or a barbie doll.

    Actually, a vagina is not all that men want from a woman. “Feminine” is attractive to a man, for reasons other than a vagina.

    Question is – is “feminine” attractive all by itself, without a vagina?

    Bottom line – folks don’t all want the same thing. To talk of a single solution for everyone is to signal ignorance of the variability of human nature.

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  15. Question is – is “feminine” attractive all by itself, without a vagina?

    WRT female relatives, yes. Girlfriends and wives, no, there has to be both for them to be acceptably attractive.

    Nuns are a special, neither fish nor foul. (Yoda, that was for you)

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  16. Spawny Get says:

    *sniff* perhaps amusing for you colonial types

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  17. happyhousewifey says:

    “But more realistic and interactive simulations would be”

    You clearly do not have my imagination… or reading skills maybe.

    “Any suggestions?”

    Blogs like these help. People who are unhappy can seek out info to help better themselves. For the rest I think be a shining example IRL. And be approachable to anyone who wants to know your secrets.

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  18. Spawny Get says:

    “Blogs like these help”

    I’m not saying this blog, but I do find a lot of comfort at blogs where people are pointing at the same insane shit as I’m seeing and saying, “That’s insane”. I’m a pretty grounded person, I think, but even I get a reduction in stress when I find that other people agree with my INTJ analysis of how far up shit creek we are…while the TV wankerati chunter on about how things are fine…the train is fine.

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  19. Cautiously Pessimistic says:

    the train is fine.

    What about the train? Why bring up the train? What’s wrong with the train?

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  20. happyhousewifey says:

    The soothing light at the end of the tunnel is jist a freight train coming your way.

    I often hear people liken the EU to a train that just races on, and there is no stopping it, no getting off, no matter how they vote NO and NO and LEAVE…

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  21. happyhousewifey says:

    *just

    By the way, the mention of duelling by Artisanal Toad! I was packing up books today and came across my grandfathers copy of the three musketeers. Has a passage in it where a noble man tells his son to duel as much as he can, especially since it is forbidden, that just means it takes more courage, and not to put up with anything from anyone (except the king). Now we have kids being raised in Dora the explorer!

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  22. happyhousewifey says:

    Not that I get sidetracked and start reading the books I’m supposed to be putting in boxes 😉

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  23. Ame says:

    HHW –
    ” Now we have kids being raised in Dora the explorer!”

    I HATE DORA THE EXPLORER! ALL SHE DOES IS YELL!!!

    “Death to Dora” became my mantra in my home; i train my girls well 🙂

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  24. SFC Ton says:

    Dora the explore is pro mexican invasion propaganda

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  25. SFC Ton says:

    Can you imagine how polite people would be if I get to hack them down with a sabre if they get pI say?

    The anti dueling movement was an early round in the war on masculinity

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  26. “Death to Dora”

    That is SO hateful! What a HORRIBLE thing to say! All Dora needs is a decent man (not the damn monkey!) to take her in hand, put her across his knee and spank that rear end until it’s cherry-red. Dora doesn’t need to *DIE* just because *someone* has a problem with being disciplined…

    Besides, Dora might turn out to be quite nice once she’s taken in hand. She might even like going across his knee every now and then. Does she really have to die to preserve the fiction that adult women don’t ever need to be spanked?

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  27. Cautiously Pessimistic says:

    CP, said I said, the train is fine.

    But it wasn’t fine before? What was wrong with the train? 😉

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  28. Yoda says:

    The train fine it is.

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  29. Yoda says:

    Always at war with EastAsia we have been

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  30. Yoda says:

    The clones on our side they are

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  31. Yoda says:

    Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft are not acting quickly enough to tackle hate speech, according to the European Commission, which has told the companies to get their act together.

    If the Silicon Valley companies do not speed up their response to tackling illegal hate speech on their platforms, they will be be held accountable under European law, the Commission said Sunday.

    https://www.cnet.com/news/us-tech-giants-not-acting-fast-enough-on-hate-speech-says-eu/

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  32. Ame says:

    oh.my.gawash! that made me laugh!

    i must confess, though, to a wee bit of concern that a Toad and a Ton would have SO much knowledge about Dora the Explorer!

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  33. SFC Ton says:

    My family is full of kids

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  34. Ame says:

    do y’all have a favorite kid’s show?

    i loved Zaboomafoo and always thought the Kratt brothers had such a fun guy-job … playing with kids and animals and getting dirty and muddy 🙂

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  35. SFC Ton says:

    I hate TV and I would crush everyfuckingoneofthem given the chance

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  36. SFC Ton says:

    There’s a big holler tree down the road here from me
    Where you lay down a dollar or two
    Well you go round the bend and when you come back again
    There’s a jug full of good ole mountain dew

    Oh they call it that ole mountain dew
    And them that refuse it are few
    I’ll shut up my mug if you fill up my jug
    With some good ole mountain dew

    Now my uncle Nort, he’s sawed off and short
    He measures about four foot two
    But he thinks he’s a giant when you give him a pint
    Of that good ole mountain dew

    Well my ole aunt Jill bought some brand new perfume
    It had such a sweet smellin’ pew
    But to her surprise when she had it analyzed
    It was nothin’ but good ole mountain dew

    Well the preacher rolled by with his head heisted high
    Said his wife had been down with the flu
    And he thought that I ought just to sell him a quart
    Of that good ole mountain dew

    Well my brother Bill’s got a still on the hill
    Where he runs of a gallon or two
    Now the buzzards in the sky get so drunk, they can’t fly
    From smellin’ the good ole mountain dew

    Oh they call it that ole mountain dew
    And them that refuse it are few
    I’ll shut up my mug if you fill up my jug
    With some good ole mountain dew

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  37. Ame says:

    i grew up without a tv and can live without it. i rarely watch it and actually much prefer silence. however, the interesting thing is that having something to watch or listen to has been really helpful for my aspie-girl. her brain is doing about six things at one time. watching or listening to something ‘entertains’ parts of her brain so she can focus with others to get things done. i’ve spent a boat load in ear buds over the years … and gone thru tons of phones, which is what she uses to watch shows/movies and listen to music.

    if i’d never had her, i’d still think there was no reason for tv stuff.

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  38. Spawny Get says:

    “If the Silicon Valley companies do not speed up their response to tackling illegal hate speech on their platforms, they will be be held accountable under European law, the Commission said Sunday.”

    After BREXIT and the recent Italian vote the ‘elite’ realise that they have a major problem with not being able to control the narrative anymore. Next year there are elections in France and Germany…they need the fix in ASAP.

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  39. Spawny Get says:

    Bloom, we have the same games here with some Tories (and everyone else) saying they’ll ‘honour’ the referendum vote but hinder the process in every way possible.

    We had a by-election (election to replace an MP not part of a general election) last week where a limp-dumb remoaner won. Cue the meedja shrieking how BREXIT no longer had a mandate. This week there’s one where every candidate is sucking up to BREXIT because the locals are getting a bit pointy and pokey about WTF BREXIT is taking so long to even start.

    The political class is visibly working to betray the biggest vote that the UK has ever had. In the run up to the referendum they all thought they’d win because they never left their europhile bubble, they didn’t know the sentiment in the country. They have no idea at the growing anger now.

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  40. SFC Ton says:

    Your daughter is a world to her own and what is good for beyond my right to speak on

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  41. Spawny Get says:

    Med Jumper • 26 minutes ago
    Wisconsin recount reports massive vote fraud for Clinton in the the City of Milwaukee, some by 76%.

    Stein is now looking like a total fucktard

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  42. Spawny Get says:

    To support la Stein, I don’t think that she looks like any more of a fucktard than she did before. She’s just fulfilling her promise.

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  43. Spawny Get says:

    For all you James Cordon fans out there

    (personally I wouldn’t piss in his mouth if his tongue was on fire, but the first bit of the clip above is funny)

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  44. Spawny Get says:

    #Don’tHateTheMessenger

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  45. happyhousewifey says:

    My dreams and goals get reached more easily if I have dinner on the table in time. My dreams are to stock my mind chock full of happy memories and my goals are to maintain a wonderful happy family. To grow old and look back on a life full of warmth. To have our children *want* to come back and visit us when we’re old. To make my husband feel like he is lucky to have me.
    So those hopes and dreams are quite compatible with making dinner 🙂

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  46. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I thought Japan had some form of electronic girlfriends for a while, perhaps with less sophistication.
    There is good news. With my last post on japan, I said that it was standard for women to leave the workforce once they marry. Last month, I saw an interview with a number of married women on the streets of Tokyo. They are still working to keep the house up and running because good jobs are hard to find for men. That has always been the main reason for men going herbivore. Men can’t afford families on their income alone.

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  47. FNU MNU LNU says:

    those companies should tell the eu to go fuck itself, and pull service from those countries.

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  48. SFC Ton says:

    The EU is to large of a market for that

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  49. Yoda says:

    That has always been the main reason for men going herbivore.

    Wonder if next step “to go vegan” it is…

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  50. Yoda says:

    Never “go full vegan” one should

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  51. Yoda says:

    The Left is trying to find a plausible excuse for Hillary Clinton’s historic loss to Donald Trump. In addition to racism, one common excuse is sexism, the theory that Americans are too misogynistic to put a woman in the White House.

    As with many popular myths, this one’s already been scrutinized and the results aren’t what progressives would prefer. Unhappily for the Left, Americans, at least in their voting habits, are about as even-handed as we could ask. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t a measure of sexism in the election — there may have been, but not the kind the Left imagines.

    Back in 1997, three scholars, Richard Seltzer, Jody Newman and Melissa Voorhees Leighton examined every state legislative race from 1986 to 1994 and every governor’s race, U.S. House race and U.S. Senate race from 1972 to 1994. Combined, they analyzed almost 62,000 candidates. They divided the races into three categories: Male incumbents vs. female challengers, female incumbents vs. male challengers and male non-incumbents vs. female non-incumbents.

    The results were unambiguous: When women run, women win just as often as men do.

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/sexism-didnt-defeat-clinton-it-was-her-only-chance-of-winning/article/2608839

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  52. Spawny Get says:

    There are quite a few people looking at the trade imbalance (we buy more from the EU than they buy from us) thinking stop the payments today, default to WTO rules (limited tariffs) and then let them work their treaties out with us while we open to the world.

    Our quisling politicians are allowing that they might manage to negotiate such a bad deal where we pay the EU for them to access out markets more than we access theirs…the useless fuckers.

    The problem for the EU is that the deal worked out for the UK (whose markets they need) can go two ways:

    1) realistic decent deal for the UK recognising our importance as a market => other countries look at the deal and decide to leave too => EU collapses

    2) attempt to screw the UK to prevent other countries from wanting to leave => we say fuck you lot then and default to WTO tariffs damaging their exports to us => EU collapses

    This sucks for us because of our poor balance of trade is what makes us a valued trade partner…it’s just that that does give us leverage. Now whether our negotiators can throw that leverage away (they very much can) is another issue. Our entire political establishment has gone euro-native, it is untrusted to look after our interests.

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  53. Yoda says:

    In addition to racism

    Wonder if Hillary white she was I do.
    Apparently not she was

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  54. Yoda says:

    On Degoba the trains still run they do
    If trains have we did…

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  55. Yoda says:

    Telling this image is

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  56. SFC Ton says:

    Don’t know much about such stuff but I can’t see how y’all aren’t in the driver’s seat regarding the trade and EU. Y’all being a major world economy on in your own right

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  57. happyhousewifey says:

    I’m just smiling at the results of options 1 and 2.

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  58. Spawny Get says:

    “I can’t see how y’all aren’t in the driver’s seat regarding the trade and EU”

    You know how Trump talked about how the hell you guys always got the shitty end of the stick in any trade deal…us fucking too. I’m pissed orf

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  59. Spawny Get says:

    “I’m just smiling at the results of options 1 and 2”

    Clearly you’re a terrible person (just like me)

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  60. Spawny Get says:

    Don’t nobody say I’m frigging irritable

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  61. Spawny Get says:

    A rare lefty (of foreign extraction no less) talks sense

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  62. happyhousewifey says:

    Terrible? Deplorable, too? 😉

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  63. happyhousewifey says:

    So my little brother just got dumped by his cohabiting girlfriend for being down/moody for too long. Maybe the family ought to vet and reccommend matches for sons and grandsons as much as they do for daughters and granddaughters… He counted on her to keep working, will have to sell the house now without her contribution. Sigh. My husband says it is good he is rid of her so he can move on, my father and brothers are angry with him (I don’t understand why!)
    Meh.

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  64. Spawny Get says:

    “He counted on her to keep working, will have to sell the house now without her contribution.”

    You cannot rely on women. You cannot enforce any agreement with a woman. You cannot even rely on a woman to act in her own best interests.

    NAWALT but best of luck determining whether any specific woman isn’t like that ahead of time, and even then she can change her mind and there will be nothing that you can do about it. Schrodinger’s NAWALT.

    You will also find that in the event of a split she will feel entitled to lie about everything and make you the bad guy who was abusing her. And all her friends and all the neighbours are likely to believe her lies.

    And as shit as that is for men, it is also shit for women who are NLT because there’s no way to prove it in advance. So you need to find a man who will trust you based on…no grounds at the end of the day.

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  65. Spawny Get says:

    “Terrible? Deplorable, too?😉 ”

    Undeniably. Wear it as a badge of pride (like I do)

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  66. Spawny Get says:

    Apple logies

    Flying Hippo At the shrine of St Michael • 23 minutes ago
    A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, ‘No change yet.’

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  67. Spawny Get says:

    It’s ‘im talking about the byelection on Thursday in a very brexiteering constituency.

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  68. happyhousewifey says:

    It is odd to rely on a woman, but is it a reason to be angry with him? I don’t see how.

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  69. Spawny Get says:

    ‘Mog’ aka The Mogster is one of the few tories with a ballsack

    The EU commisioner announced what the press see as an aggressive schedule to get us out. As you have already heard, it ain’t aggressive enough for me, nor for The Mogster

    hotdoglegs • 17 minutes ago
    The Mog on Sky news moments ago with Murnaghan, quite a good interview and Murnaghan was careful not to trip himself up against the the Mog.

    if it was anybody else he would have tried to hold the narrative but the Mog knows Brexit inside out and the sky stooge knows this

    he said the announcement by the EU Brexit commissioner today was good news as he basically said no cherry picking so that rules out single market membership as that also comes with free movement of scoungers.

    he also said we hold all the cards, we can just walk away if we do not get anything of substance, and that will leave them very vulnerable without any sort of deal.

    Leave 5 sky news 0

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  70. Spawny Get says:

    No, I wouldn’t be angry with him, he’s just been red-pilled (if someone explains it to him as I did above).

    The men that are angry with him…did they tell him not to trust her before she did this? In specific, clear terms?

    Or, do they think that because they got lucky (up till now) then anyone who isn’t lucky was an idiot not to have done his due diligence? This is the standard Churchianity line as preached by the tardcons in the US. See Dalrock. They say that a successful marriage is just a matter of a few character tests on the woman. And if she subsequently screws him over then he merely did the tests wrong and it’s still his fault.

    A man has no way to hold a woman to any agreement (except maybe if she’s a true believer in a proper church). This has been true for decades, but now women feel no shame when exploiting this fact.

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  71. happyhousewifey says:

    I think they may have told him then, the rest is pretty red pill (one of them mentioned the term to me)… But I think if I had pulled a stunt like his girl did, I’d be the one in trouble with family, not my partner.

    It’s not entitely true here, that a man has no way to pressure a woman. They can just hit her. Of course that’s illegal, but the laws are almost never upheld. When a woman complains, they first talk to her husband, then if she complains again, they ask them both to see a counsellor, then if she insist on talking, they try to talk her out of it, and in court they have a maximum penalty but no minimum one. The policy of the (part of justice system that decides these things, don’t know the word) is in the case of aggravated abuse (that is with lasting damage), 2 weeks prison is the max. Anything less doesn’t even get that far in the system. They have a different policy if it’s not spouses, then you can get in real trouble and get sentences long enough to lose your jon. I think all women who have been hit or know someone who has been, are aware that all they can do is leave. This policy to a point extends even to exes, I think (one guy got only a few days work as punishment for putting a rather large bodypart up a rather dark place of his ex against without her consent). I know women who *know* their husbands never would hit them, but also ones who know their husbands would or have done just once, and watch their step. And some whose husbands do even for no reason. Never heard of a man who got sentences for it (although the abusers quite often are sentenced for something else).

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  72. happyhousewifey says:

    Jon=job

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  73. Spawny Get says:

    Why? Because why not? And anyway, who doesn’t love boobies?

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  74. Yoda says:

    Aussie action

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  75. Choicy, is that you punching kangeroos, mate? Lol!

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  76. On topic, I cannot see how an imaginary lover would ever compare to the real deal. Less complicated, yes. But truly a “relationship?” No.

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  77. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    HHW,
    A lot of men see any conflict a man has with a woman as somehow being magically his fault. When it us her fault, they double down. I am not saying this is the case with your family. However, it oes bring forward the question of enforcing contracts with women. It may be one of those things where responsible customers have to carry the irresponsible ones. If it gets too blatant, companies may have to make changes to survive that will be unpopular.

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  78. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I miss the “Down Under” gang. I was good to see Molly recently, though.

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  79. happyhousewifey says:

    They call it the blauwvoetgentiaan, here (means blue footed *someone from Gent, which is a city in Belgium I think*)

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  80. Spawny Get says:

    I like the German-esque ‘just stick words together’
    BlueFootGentian

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