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Other users call themselves "incels," meaning "involuntary celibates," or "Forever Alone," which requires no explanation.They use the site as an advice depot, confessional, and water cooler, complaining frequently about the impossibility of making themselves understood by "normies" or "noncels."Michael has sunk countless hours into the site. But offline, he almost never mentions it—much less that he hasn't dated anyone since he was 17, and has had sex just once in the decade-plus since.
Some identify themselves as suffering from "love-shyness," a condition, though not recognized by any mental health authority, that is characterized by extreme anxiety over any romantic or sexual interaction.
First, we may observe that marriage has an immediate "advantage" over celibacy, in that it is in accord with man's natural desires.
In other words, all men and women have a deeply ingrained desire to give oneself wholly to another.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux once estimated that about one out of three Catholics (~33%) have a vocation to the consecrated life.
Yet today, less one in every twenty-thousand Catholics (~0.005%) are consecrated religious.