Our Seriously Strange Sex Series takes a look at Celibacy Syndrome this week. For those just tuning in- With this series, we dig in to what many consider the oddities of sex and sexuality. So buckle up. This week we are talking about Celibacy Syndrome.
Celibacy syndrome was originally known as “Sekkusu shinai shokogun,” however as it spread throughout the World it was renamed something easier to say in most languages..
Origins of Celibacy Syndrome
A study conducted by the Japan Family Planning Association in 2016 found that 42% of men and 44.2% of women between the ages of 18 and 34 are virgins.
The Archives of Sexual Behavior also published a study the same year showing that 15% of Americans aged between 20 and 24 had not had sex since the age of 18. For their predecessors coming of age in the 1990s, that figures were just 6%.
What’s Causing the Decline?
Celibacy Syndrome is the global trend of young adults retreating from interpersonal relationships and sex. There are many different theories behind what is causing the rise in celibacy and decline in birth rates in specific areas around the World. Some believe this relates to sexual fear mongering, while others believe is many are unable to form romantic relationships due to dependency on technology. Many believe the current lack of pressure to “settle down” is the main driving factor.
The Benefits of Celibacy
Celibacy Syndrome is having a significant impact on lowering birth rates, however, it is creating an impact in many other areas. Many people coming of age have grown up in a climate that embraces issues relating to enthusiastic consent, open STI discussions, and the importance of safe sex. These have been presented recently as simply not-laudable. To the contrary, these considerations are considered cool in many circles. The climate is also facilitating more enlightened attitudes towards gender norms and consent.