Why Japanese singles cannot find partners

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Here’s an interesting survey from goo Research that I wish had been around a month ago, as the topic was quite hot then. Regardless, I present it anyway, a look at why Japanese are unable to find a partner for many a year, for both women and men.

Demographics

The survey was conducted between the 4th and 8th of October 2013 where 1,074 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. However, goo Ranking have recently revamped their ranking page and have dropped the link to their demographics. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

The reason I say it was a hot topic was because there was a rash of “sexless youth” stories based on a poorly-translated or misconstrued survey into young people and relationships.

Ranking results

Q1: Why have you been unable to find a guy for many a year? (Sample size=women)

Rank Score
1It’s too much of a bother dating someone100
2I’m an indoor type, so I don’t get the chance to meet guys84.9
3I cannot engage guys in conversation75.3
4I don’t know what’s best to talk to guys about73.1
5I have no confidence so cannot get any self-affirmation63.4
6I forget to keep touch57.0
7My ideals are too high54.8
8I just end up hanging out with other girls49.5
9When I try to be feminine I sound all rough43.0
10I’m a long way away from being what would normally be considered beautiful38.7
11I’m narrow-minded and self-centred36.6
12=I’m very particular about the look I like in guys33.3
12=I dream of guys too much33.3
14When I talk to guys I get all nervous and act suspiciously32.3
15As I’m scared of being dumped, I cannot take a step towards love30.1
16I cannot show consideration29.0
17=I can only love in 2D26.9
17=I end up being too demanding with partners26.9
19I have no fashion sense24.7
20Whatever I do, I do it awkwardly23.7
21I cannot sense the mood22.6
22I’m too busy at work, so don’t have the breathing space to deal with love18.3
23I cannot look people in the eye when I talk to them15.1
24My mother keeps me on a short leash14.0
25=I love myself too much to be able to love others11.8
25=The guys around me’s conversation level is too low and doesn’t suit me11.8
27I end up looking down on people when I talk to them10.8
28=I stink! (of body odour)8.6
28=I am devoting my life to something more important than love8.6
30I don’t a discerning eye for guys7.5

Q2: Why have you been unable to find a girl for many a year? (Sample size=men)

Rank Score
1It’s too much of a bother dating someone100
2I’m an indoor type, so I don’t get the chance to meet girls90.7
3My ideals are too high84.9
4I don’t know what’s best to talk to girls about82.6
5I cannot engage girls in conversation80.2
6I’m very particular about the look I like in girls68.6
7I have no confidence so cannot get any self-affirmation65.1
8As I’m scared of being dumped, I cannot take a step towards love58.1
9I’m a long way away from being what would normally be considered handsome55.8
10I just end up hanging out with other guys52.3
11I’m narrow-minded and self-centred50.0
12I forget to keep touch47.7
13I have no fashion sense44.2
14=I cannot show consideration40.7
14=I cannot sense the mood40.7
16When I try to be masculine I do it weakly38.4
17=I cannot look people in the eye when I talk to them36.0
17=When I talk to girls I get all nervous and act suspiciously36.0
19=I dream of girls too much34.9
19=Whatever I do, I do it awkwardly34.9
21I can only love in 2D30.2
22I’m too busy at work, so don’t have the breathing space to deal with love27.9
23I end up being too demanding with partners25.6
24I stink! (of body odour)24.4
25I soon end up showing off how great I am23.3
26=I have an extreme obsession with cleanliness18.6
26=I don’t a discerning eye for girls18.6
28=I love myself too much to be able to love others17.4
28=I was too much of a ladies’ man in a previous life, so I am working off my bad karma17.4
30The girls around me’s conversation level is too low and doesn’t suit me16.3
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