We have a world problem that no one is talking about. There are millions of young adults who voluntarily never leave their homes, called the hikikomori. This term originates from Japan to define this modern generation of confined people.

Half a million youths in Japan alone are social recluses, in addition to half a million more who are middle-aged. This is just Japan alone. If we extrapolated this number across the world, we’d see even greater numbers.

Certainly social media has a part in fueling the ease of isolation, and we can see extreme isolation only gaining in popularity. But for humans to thrive, true connection is so important. We have yet to see the impacts of extreme confinement, but it certainly does not help society as a whole if millions of people are not realizing their potential. Millions of young minds, lost in this world.

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