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In Germany, incels are called Absolute Beginners, or ABs.

Inceldom in Germany[edit]

Age Male Virgin Female virgin Female - celibate during year polled Male Single Female Single
18-29 10% (2000)[1]
18-30 13.7% (1996)[2] 7.5% (1996)[2] 60.4% (2008)[2] 35.6% (2008)[2]
20-35 6% (2008)[2] 4% (2008)[2]
28-30 8.4% (1996)[2] 2% (1996)[2]
18-91 33% (2005), 38% (2016)[3]

There are no comparable data to the GSS or NFSG with variables about virginity or sexlessness. Some sources claim inceldom affects twice as many males as females with 10 percent and 5 percent respectively, however the exact source of this claim is unknown.[citation needed][4] Data from 2008 suggested that among 18-30 year olds, 60.4% of men and 35.6% of women were singles.[2] Interestingly, these figures are similar to GSS in 2018 as discussed above. Even though this may be explained by men "blooming later", this suggests women in their twenties have their sexual basic needs much more likely met. A survey showed that the rate of sexless women aged 18-91 increased from 33% to 38% between 2005 and 2016, which likely means it has increased by at least a much for males, and may veil a substantial increase for the younger generations due the broad age range of the sample.[3]

A survey from 2008 by „Neon“ estimated the number of ABs aged 20-35 to be 4% of women and 6% of men.[2] Much higher numbers than this were found for student ABs in 1996. Among students groups aged 18-30, 7.5% of women but 13.7% of men never had sex. Among ages 28-30, 8.4% of men never had sex, but only 2% of women (p = 0.003).[2] Extrapolating the age range to 20-35 gives 14.2% and 7.2% respectively, pointing to a slower life history among academics. In 2000, sex researcher Kurt Starke found 10% of male university students under 29 were virgins ("Absolute Beginners"). Psychotherapist Poschenrieder claims to have received roughly 150 counseling requests from Absolute Beginners.[1] Some sex researchers have claimed that Absolute Beginners are not rare,[5] and sex columnist Caroline Fux said that AB's are common.[6][7]

The emergence of ABs has been blamed on various factors including a skewed sex ratio, such as a surplus of women or a surplus of men in particular regions.[8] According to Jakob Pastötter, President of the German Society for Social Science Research, the phenomenon of the Absolute Beginner is a bit more prevalent among those with demisexuality (a sexual orientation characterized by only experiencing sexual attraction after making a strong emotional connection with a specific person), i.e. people with a slow life history.[9] In 2017, sex consultant Sarah Nerb claimed 2-3% of adults in Germany are Absolute Beginners.[10]

ABs come from a wide range of professional backgrounds,[11] and they vary in their physical appearance (ABs are not only physically ugly people)[12][13] which may serve as some anecdotal evidence against the notion that inceldom is primarily caused by lookism, but these claims remain somewhat dubious as it could have been selection bias of the sort that only good looking people seek help from female sex therapists and are inclined to participate in a TV show.


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  8. Heiratsmarkt und Marriage Squeeze. Analysen zur Veränderung von Heiratsgelegenheiten in der Bundesrepublik, Universität Heidelberg, Abgerufen am 1, September 2014
  13. Monika Büchner: Für die Liebe ist es nie zu spät: Absolute Beginner – wenn Sie das erste Mal noch vor sich haben. J. Kamphausen, Bielefeld 2016, S. 30, S. 47.

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