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  • Hikikomori are hiding inside their homes
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    Kevin Dooley (2012) ©
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Hikikomori are hiding inside their homes

The Japanese term hikikomori refers to people who haven't left their homes or interacted with others for six months or more. And new research suggests that 541,000 15- to 39-year-olds in Japan are adopting this lifestyle, avoiding the anxiety attached to social rejection by rejecting society first.

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