"For me, games are good enough," admits a 21-year-old woman, who works part-time. She's completely addicted to otome gemu (computer games for young maidens) such as "Angelique." "I've decided I'll never engage in sex in my life. But I've seen adult videos and books, so I know what men like."
"Girls these days are saying it's better to have 'pure love,' " popular novelist Ira Ishida explains to Shukan Asahi. "But they're being overly influenced by novels distributed via cell phones and the Internet. Before, when they weren't under the spell of so much information, I think they could pick up the signals from their own bodies, and respond more directly to their curiosity."
"I don't have the money or the sense of responsibility," shrugs a 30-year-old man. "If I bring a child into this world, I can't support it. So I don't have sex."
He's even gone so far as to enroll in the National Confederation of Male Virgins (www.cherrybb.jp
), where he's got plenty of company. Founded in 1998, the organization's membership now exceeds 600.