What I Learned This Week

Sex in the 21st Century. In a world where we are more connected yet lonelier than ever before, what does this mean for sex, and what does it mean for relationships?

Last November, Akihiko Kondo, a 35-year old Japanese school administrator married a hologram of the anime celebrity, Hatsune Miku. Kondo fell in love with Miku nearly a decade ago when he was at a low point in his life—mired in depression after having been bullied at work by an older, female co-worker. As the groom told CNN: “[Miku] lifted me up when I needed it the most. She kept me company and made me feel like I could regain control over my life. What I have with her is definitely love. . .Society pressures you to follow a certain formula for love, but it might not make you happy. I want people to be able to figure out what works for them.” Miku’s holographic image lives in Kondo’s Gateb…

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