(This article is still undergoing progress)
In this report, I’ll be referring to an online news article, by Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, on why Japan has such a high suicide rate. Underneath all the upbeat music and peppy depictions of cute anime characters in Japanese media within Japan lies a dark side. The high suicide rate, growth of depression, and increasing number of single people in Japan has become a major underlying problem in Japan for the past couple of decades. And yes, pornography plays a role.
You’ve probably already seen the Vanity Fair piece on how the dating/hookup app Tinder is changing “mating rituals” for young Americans. The article is harsh and at times graphic, so read with care and discretion. Under normal circumstances I probably wouldn’t link to it. But what this article describes is nothing less than a voluntary sex market; the way the young men in the piece describe the joy of seeing all their sexual conquests mount up, you’d think it was prostitution but with social media for currency.
One of the more troubling findings of this study is how deadly pornography is to real relationships. Surveys found that people’s perspective on the purpose of sex is moving away from “an expression of intimacy between two people who love each other” and toward “self-expression and personal fulfillment” (pg. 96). These changing perceptions are believed to influence the amount of porn people consume.