-“Doctor…I’m desperate…My husband fell in love with a web woman.”

Did Claudia X. mean that her husband had met someone in the Internet? No.

Did she mean that he was pursuing someone in the social media? No.

Did she mean that he was registered in an online dating service? No.

She literally meant that he had created a woman of his complete liking.

The daily travails of a steady relationship, marriage or whatever other type of accommodation it takes, mean that the partners must tough it out. The fantasies of a forbidden relationship can help to endure that slogging in a clandestine way and all too often without any consequences to the couple. Occasionally the fantasizing individual may decide to go into real action.

The modern connectivity has enabled many frustrated individuals to surpass the limits of a rigid, loveless relationship into the pseudo-choices of the web. Many people maintain secret, quasi-platonic relationships with other persons they have never met personally and they like that bonding just the way it is. It is clean, fulfilling, even exhilarating, and what’s better there’s no remorse.

A BBC report says: “unless something happens to boost Japan’s birth rate, its population will shrink by a third between now and 2060. One reason for the lack of babies is the emergence of a new breed of Japanese men, the otaku, who love manga, anime and computers—and sometimes show little interest in sex…A survey by the Ministry of Health, Labour and welfare in 2010 found 36% of Japanese males aged 16 to 19 had no interest in sex.”

Having sex and later babies is part of the growing up process that humans have experienced for thousands of years in earnest. The social upheaval caused by the economic downturn of the early part of the 21st century and the relentless emancipation of women has caused a lot of anxiety in men, many of whom had withdrawn into their own fantasies.

Perhaps Claudia’s husband is an otaku who is not interested in her anymore.

What do you think? Please tell us.

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