This is sad.
"As Japan produces fewer children and more retirees, toymakers are
designing new dolls designed not for the young but for the lonely elderly --
companions which can sleep next to them and offer caring words they may never
Since I read this I've been wondering if anyone will market them here in the US. We don't seem to have taken to electronic dolls and pets the way the Japanese have, but like Japan we have an aging population; I have on a few occassions seen old people--old women, specifically--going around clutching dolls, either as mere comfort objects or because they thought the dolls were babies. The Baby Boomers will soon be retiring, and the hedonism so many of them embraced themselves and promoted in others may just come back to bite them in the ass. If a doll can give them comfort, that's good. But if all they have is a doll, it is also sad.