Hikikomori; sad social outcast, or with nearly everything you need on the internet this is the direction humanity is headed?
Last I checked, a great majority of hikikomori are where they are for reasons that are not within their ability to control. A lot of people don't seem to grasp exactly what the implications of being a hikikomori are. Just because someone stays indoors frequently when they aren't in class or at work doesn't mean they are a hiki, they're just a shut in. A hikikomori is a person that does not leave their house, someone that is confined mostly to their bedroom aside from when meeting basic human needs (ie. using bathroom facilities, obtaining food if there is no one to bring it to you, etc).
Being what the Japanese call a "hikikomori" is most certainly not the future of humanity. Regardless of how people often like to think otherwise, we will always have the need for physical interaction with other living beings. Being a hikikomori slowly erodes away your ability to function in normal social situations, and often leads to social anxiety and other mental disorders. It may seem fantastic to sit around and do nothing for several years, but after the first two, it's suffocating, dark and hopeless.
Asked by jeffalopolis Mar 19, 12