What does a Japanese stay at home mom do?


Recently a new form of addiction was presented in the Japanese newspaper Mainichi: In the book “Netoge Haijo” Yuki Ishikawa is portraying the lives of housewives, who are addicted to online games. For over 20 years she had interviewed 4,000 to 5,000 housewives to get a better understanding what Japanese housewives usually do at home. She found a rise of “Netoge Haijo”: The abbreviation “Netoge” can be translated as online games, while “haijo” means wrecked women.
The stories of nine housewives are presented in the book. These younger women have reached rock bottom in the Internet world, the zone where someone becomes unable to live a normal social life. These women don’t want to be bothered about real human relations and brush off their addictions to games by just saying “It can’t be helped.” Presenting as the scary example one 37-year-old woman, who says it’s normal for her to wear pajamas all day and leave her bathroom door open while relieving herself. While this confession shows some atypical behavior, but what concerns me much more is that with only a few women presented as an example, a seemingly new scary trend for Japan housewives is promoted.

Brought to you by Sibylle Ito (シビル伊藤).

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