The dark side of technology

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 August, 2006, 12:00am

As technology becomes more advanced and more computer games are invented, teenagers are spending more time in the virtual world.

They lock themselves in their rooms and stare at their computers for hours.

These addicted teenagers are wasting precious time and brain cells. Soon, they will no longer have the ability to think.

They won't be able to understand other people's ideas or come up with their own.

To stop this happening, teenagers must not allow computers to dominate their lives.

They should leave their rooms and use their minds.


King George V School Thanks for your letter, Stefanie. The Japanese have a term for this condition, it is 'hikikiomori' and means acute social withdrawal. It is when young people hide in a room, away from their friends and family, for six months or more.

We still don't know that much about the condition, but acute social anxiety in thought to be a key factor. Hikikiomoris tend to have few friends and spend their time playing computer games, surfing the internet and sleeping.

Although the condition was first recognised in Japan, similar cases have been found in Korea, Taiwan and here in Hong Kong. Hikikiomoris aren't stupid or lazy, they may just be shy or afraid, so if you can, reach out a hand of friendship.

Kate, Editor