In a recent survey conducted by Recruit, alarming trends in relationship patterns among Japanese individuals in their 20s have emerged. The study, conducted on December 12, reveals that an unprecedented 46.0% of unmarried men in their 20s have never been in a relationship, marking a substantial increase from the 34.2% reported in the previous survey conducted two years ago.
Interestingly, the survey indicates a different trend among unmarried men in their 40s, where the percentage decreased from 27.1% to 22.9%. Surprisingly, in the 30s age group, 41.2% of men have no romantic experience, surpassing the 40% mark, shedding light on a growing trend of delayed or limited romantic encounters in younger generations.
Delving into marriage intentions, the survey found that 43.5% of men expressed a desire to marry. However, this figure is notably down from the 47.1% reported in the previous survey, indicating a decline in the willingness to pursue marriage. Financial constraints emerged as a primary factor, with 42.5% citing a lack of financial flexibility as the main reason for their reluctance to tie the knot.
The survey also examined the perspective of unmarried women. Although not as pronounced as in men, a concerning trend is evident. Among unmarried women in their 20s, 29.8% have never been in a relationship, marking an increase from 24.3% in the previous survey. The average response for women expressing a desire to marry saw a significant decrease from 59.7% to 49.3%. Reasons for avoiding marriage included concerns about lifestyle and behavior restrictions, with 40.5% choosing this option.
The survey, conducted online from September 5 to 6, collected responses from 1,200 unmarried men and women aged 20 to 49 nationwide. The results illuminate a shifting landscape in relationship attitudes and marriage intentions among Japanese youths, sparking discussions about the evolving dynamics of modern relationships.