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Posted 11/12/07 , edited 11/12/07
Hikikomori (ひきこもり or 引き篭り, Hikikomori?, lit. "pulling away, being confined", i.e. "acute social withdrawal") is a Japanese term to refer to the phenomenon of reclusive individuals who have chosen to withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement due to various personal and social factors in their lives. The term hikikomori refers to both the sociological phenomenon in general as well as to individuals belonging to this societal group.
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These days, the number of hikikomori population are increasing in Japan, as well as in South Korea, Taiwan, and China. Also, similar phenomenon is found in USA, Canada, UK, Australia and other places.

The symptoms of hikimori are when you feel the pressure to the outside world and feeling extremely uncomfortable talking to people. Other reasons are because they were being bullied badly at school. So, they decide to stay in their home (room) and isolate themselves for rest of their lives.... (yeah if they're students, some of them quit schools too)
(Ideas and facts are from Wiki)

And these are my questions:

- Do you know any of your friends are being one of them right now, or are you one of them?
- Would you help out hikikomori people?
- What is your opinion about them?
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Do you know any of your friends are being one of them right now, or are you one of them?
No, I don't know any, nor am I one..but I've heard about them.
Would you help out hikikomori people?
Totally :D~, "Welcome to the NHK" style.
What is your opinion about hikikomori people?
I think people who are hikikomori aren't really at fault, probably because they've been bullied or whatever to cause them to become hikikomori. I think people can cure hikikomoris, but it'll probably take a long time.
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- Do you know any of your friends are being one of them right now, or are you one of them?

If I was, I wouldn't be on the computer right now. And if my friends were one, I wouldn't really know if they were or not cause they won't tell me anyways.

- Would you help out hikikomori people?

If you can find them

- What is your opinion about them?

The don't exist. They are like Werewolves and a non-racist America. You may have illusions of it but they don't exist.
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i've never heard of this and i call the hermits it's easier to remember than what u call them
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- Do you know any of your friends are being one of them right now, or are you one of them?

Maybe, I prefer staying at home but then thats just because the computer's at home. xD
- Would you help out hikikomori people?

Depending on who they are to be honest, if they were the victim then duh, but if they were the bully and no have regrets, I think they'd deserve it.
- What is your opinion about them?

They...need help?

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Posted 11/12/07

Sonicslam101 wrote:

i've never heard of this and i call the hermits it's easier to remember than what u call them


hermits... that's more like a religious term to me.. and hikikomori is kind of people that turned out to be like that even thou they don't want it (because they feel more secure? i think) it's a type of mental problem or somthing..
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Do you know any of your friends are being one of them right now, or are you one of them?
One of my friends used to be one because she was home schooled and got picked on alot. But she's not like that anymore.
Would you help out hikikomori people?
I think I kindda already did!
What is your opinion about them?
I think that most of them want to be involved in conversations and social life, but they have to have the right approach on it. I think they need someone that fully understands what they're going through to help them out, and become their friend. And it's not their fault that they're like that, also. It's because of mean bullies and isolation from other people their age [I think].
Posted 11/12/07
I would help hikkikomoris just like that girl in Welcome to the NHK. Then they will be cured
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- Do you know any of your friends are being one of them right now, or are you one of them?
nope, I don't know any

- Would you help out hikikomori people?
Yes, of course I would help them. But Internet might be the only one to use as a contact.

- What is your opinion about them?
Hmm.. kind people, paranoid.. kana?
Posted 11/12/07
My friend is something like that.. -v-
she does gets bullied but then she just yells at them
and she stays home ALL DAY because shes like an anime freak.- -;;
shes like super smart n shit.. but yaaa...

i would help them.. LOL

my opinoion.. uh.. i feel sorry for them..
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- Do you know any of your friends are being one of them right now, or are you one of them?
hmm...No actually...say this is very similar to the loneliness topic...excluding yourselves from society...
- Would you help out hikikomori people?
What ways do think we can help them...hmm..
If they were a friend..probably....Someone who I was randomly worried about...probably again aswell.
- What is your opinion about them?
Im not sure if they need to seek help...perhaps:
- Its a self esteem issue....lack of belief in a way...
- Family problems?
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Posted 11/12/07

chocuqueen wrote:

My friend is something like that.. -v-
she does gets bullied but then she just yells at them
and she stays home ALL DAY because shes like an anime freak.- -;;
shes like super smart n shit.. but yaaa...

i would help them.. LOL

my opinoion.. uh.. i feel sorry for them..


That's not really a hikikomori
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- Do you know any of your friends are being one of them right now, or are you one of them?
I'm one
- Would you help out hikikomori people?
What's to help? Do you have a problem with me not talking to other people?
- What is your opinion about them?
Depends on the person some are pathetic most are ok.
Posted 11/12/07

- Do you know any of your friends are being one of them right now, or are you one of them?

yes 1st one

- Would you help out hikikomori people?

if they want help

- What is your opinion about them?

i don't have an opinion on them



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Hikikomoris won't have friends, so it's really up to the family.
It's naive to think you can do anything significant because usually those people are not open minded and thus even if they did have friends, their isolation would dissolve it.
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