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11:14:19 AM Nov 16th 2017
Can we change the picture with Hikikomori/Hidabat from "Yo-kai Watch" since his name is literally this trope?
01:43:54 PM Nov 16th 2017
To change the image you start a thread in the Image Pickin' forum
07:04:23 AM Dec 9th 2017
I tried to start one but let's see if it will be open. Thanks for help, anyway
08:42:19 PM Jun 25th 2014
I wish we all had a Misaki-chan or a Laugh Maker in our lives, huh?
03:15:22 PM Mar 12th 2011
Moved some discussion from under the pokemon example:
08:15:00 PM Jan 31st 2011
Not trying to troll or anyting but this sounds more like an excuse to be an internet based shut-in than a disease.
04:07:27 PM Oct 15th 2011
Well, it could be that, but of course there are some people who are extremely uncomfortable around others and therefore are happiest being inside and/or alone.
08:07:19 PM Oct 20th 2011

I can't say I know anything really about Japanese cultural pressure. But it isn't some stupid excuse to sit on your ass and fap all day. Generally one in this situation goes to the internet as a vital source of much needed social interaction. Granted it can become an enabler. But it isn't the initial excuse unless the person or character in question is a huge lazy bastard. HUGE.

It isn't a "disease" either. It's more like a disorder.

And I wouldn't put it as "happier alone." I'd phrase it as "less mortally terrified."
11:02:40 PM Mar 7th 2012
This disorder is real High Octane Nightmare Fuel, I think.
04:26:05 PM Apr 23rd 2013
While it could certainly be used as an excuse, there can be far more to it than that. I used to be terrified of other people, so much so that I quit going to a public high school and continued my studies at home. When I'd end up in crowds, my palms would get clammy, I couldn't breathe right, my pulse would sky rocket, and I'd get the worst vertigo. Talking to people I didn't know well made me feel like passing out, but at the same time, I wished I could, because I was so pitifully lonely. It sounds stupid, right? Like I should just get over and talk to people then, go out and live my life? The only problem was that I physically couldn't, not without feeling like most people would when they're experiencing extreme terror.

I got better, yeah, but it's still something that changed my life deeply.
08:54:53 AM Aug 19th 2014
How is this different from what we call "agoraphobia" in the West?
05:11:33 PM Apr 30th 2017
edited by IMpish
Sorry to revive an old conversation, but functionally this really seems to be just a cultural variant on agoraphobic behavior(such as how depression takes a different form depending on where you live). I would actually move to rename the primary Trope page to Agoraphobia/ic or Shut In. Hikikomori is a very specific "trend" in one place, while either of the other terms is more inclusive and not culturally-locked.

The page should also be more inclusive and describe Agoraphobia and the behaviors often linked. The hikikomori-specific parts should be pared down a bit, but can probably remain as a culture-specific note.
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