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More Japanese youth wearing surgical masks to hide their face

 
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12/11/2012 11:24 PM
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More Japanese youth wearing surgical masks to hide their face
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"First time visitors to Japan may be surprised to see so many people wearing surgical masks in public....[some]testimonies by those who say they wear masks for the comfort it provides suggest that there is something psychologically deeper than self-image issues as work.

“I don’t want to show others my true self,” “Since my face is covered, people don’t know how I’m really feeling. It’s comforting,” and “I don’t like having to create facial expressions for people” are some of the reasons given by Japanese high school students who mask up regardless of the season.

According to Yuzo Kikumoto, author of “Date Mask Izonsho,” a book discussing why young people may have begun “hiding” behind masks in public, explains that many Japanese students wear a mask to keep them from standing out among the crowd: “They have an abnormal fear of showing who they really are to their peers.”

Others believe that having to rely on a mask to feel comfortable in public is a byproduct of Japanese youth becoming too accustomed to using e-mail and social networks to communicate with each other; they can’t interact with others unless there is a protective “wall” that offers them some degree of anonymity..."
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12/11/2012 11:29 PM
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Re: More Japanese youth wearing surgical masks to hide their face
They sound even more socially maladjusted than American youth. Wow.
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12/11/2012 11:31 PM
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"First time visitors to Japan may be surprised to see so many people wearing surgical masks in public....[some]testimonies by those who say they wear masks for the comfort it provides suggest that there is something psychologically deeper than self-image issues as work.

“I don’t want to show others my true self,” “Since my face is covered, people don’t know how I’m really feeling. It’s comforting,” and “I don’t like having to create facial expressions for people” are some of the reasons given by Japanese high school students who mask up regardless of the season.

According to Yuzo Kikumoto, author of “Date Mask Izonsho,” a book discussing why young people may have begun “hiding” behind masks in public, explains that many Japanese students wear a mask to keep them from standing out among the crowd: “They have an abnormal fear of showing who they really are to their peers.”

Others believe that having to rely on a mask to feel comfortable in public is a byproduct of Japanese youth becoming too accustomed to using e-mail and social networks to communicate with each other; they can’t interact with others unless there is a protective “wall” that offers them some degree of anonymity..."
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I've visited there a couple of times, last time was earlier this year in March. I was always told it was because usually the wearer has a cold or flu and is trying to prevent passing the germs on to others. Not so?
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12/11/2012 11:35 PM
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Re: More Japanese youth wearing surgical masks to hide their face
They sound even more socially maladjusted than American youth. Wow.
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In some ways Japan is always ahead of the curve.

In other ways its always behind...

I've visited there a couple of times, last time was earlier this year in March. I was always told it was because usually the wearer has a cold or flu and is trying to prevent passing the germs on to others. Not so?
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You are correct, that is true for most people. But the article is saying youth are doing it now not when they are sick but because they are shy.
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"First time visitors to Japan may be surprised to see so many people wearing surgical masks in public....[some]testimonies by those who say they wear masks for the comfort it provides suggest that there is something psychologically deeper than self-image issues as work.

“I don’t want to show others my true self,” “Since my face is covered, people don’t know how I’m really feeling. It’s comforting,” and “I don’t like having to create facial expressions for people” are some of the reasons given by Japanese high school students who mask up regardless of the season.

According to Yuzo Kikumoto, author of “Date Mask Izonsho,” a book discussing why young people may have begun “hiding” behind masks in public, explains that many Japanese students wear a mask to keep them from standing out among the crowd: “They have an abnormal fear of showing who they really are to their peers.”

Others believe that having to rely on a mask to feel comfortable in public is a byproduct of Japanese youth becoming too accustomed to using e-mail and social networks to communicate with each other; they can’t interact with others unless there is a protective “wall” that offers them some degree of anonymity..."
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I've visited there a couple of times, last time was earlier this year in March. I was always told it was because usually the wearer has a cold or flu and is trying to prevent passing the germs on to others. Not so?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18713240



for the most part that is the reason, i lived on japan in the 90s


but im sure younger people have adjusted to them in different ways
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12/11/2012 11:38 PM
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Re: More Japanese youth wearing surgical masks to hide their face
They sound even more socially maladjusted than American youth. Wow.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1277549


In some ways Japan is always ahead of the curve.

In other ways its always behind...

I've visited there a couple of times, last time was earlier this year in March. I was always told it was because usually the wearer has a cold or flu and is trying to prevent passing the germs on to others. Not so?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18713240


You are correct, that is true for most people. But the article is saying youth are doing it now not when they are sick but because they are shy.
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I see. Interesting. And rather sad
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12/11/2012 11:40 PM
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Re: More Japanese youth wearing surgical masks to hide their face
I've seen the same in Bangkok (Thailand) but I was said it's because Bangkok's air is too polluted.
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12/11/2012 11:54 PM
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Re: More Japanese youth wearing surgical masks to hide their face
WTF, Japanese young adults are some of the best looking people on the planet. Most Japanese young ladies are stunning, even the average ones.

Does any race have women with better nipples??????

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