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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 August, 2006, 12:00am

Time to stop a dangerous trend

The spread of hikikomori in Hong Kong could be related to the city's busy lifestyle and education system.

Hikikomori is a Japanese term which refers to the social phenomenon where people refuse to leave their homes and isolate themselves from their family and society for months. It also refers to those people.

I believe Hong Kong's education system is the main reason why many young people are unhappy.

Schools don't have enough resources to take care of low-achievers.

They easily lose interest in their studies. They may also have a poor relationship with their classmates, so they would rather stay home, play computer games or watch TV.

Young adults may not be able to cope with the city's stressful lifestyle. They could face financial problems or have trouble at work. Then they lock themselves in a room to escape reality.

To stop hikikomori spreading, I suggest that people learn to relax and enjoy life more.

If everyone loves and respects each other, this trend will disappear soon.

Eric Pang Chun-kit

SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Parents play key role

Children with working mothers are more likely to commit crime than those from low-income families, a survey has revealed. They also have more behavioural problems.

A political party has suggested that mothers should not take up full-time jobs so that they can spend more time with their children. I don't think this will solve the problem.

I agree that working mothers don't have enough time to take care of their children. But being full-time housewives does not necessarily mean that they are good mothers.

Many housewives leave

their children at home and go shopping or play mahjong with their friends.

Both parents should be responsible for looking after their children.

It is also the child's responsibility to listen to their parents and behave properly.

Better communication between parents and children will help build a stable society.

Tiffany Yip

Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School

Marathon offers healthy option

Marathons have been organised in Hong Kong for many years. They attract professional as well as amateur athletes.

They help to promote a healthy lifestyle among the community.

The professional athletes who enter a marathon want to win the race.

The amateurs take part just for fun and because it's good exercise.

Marathons are a worthwhile activity, and I hope there will be more such races in Hong Kong. But the participants should know their limitations and take care of themselves.

Some runners have died during races. Athletes must make sure they are fit enough before entering such a gruelling competition.

Phoenix Chan

Methodist College

Night-time nuisance

There is a lot of noise pollution in Hong Kong, mainly caused by construction work and heavy traffic.

This does not affect most people during the daytime because they are at school or work.

But it becomes a concern when people can't sleep at night because of noise outside.

There should be a legal limit on night-time noise. People who oppose setting up sound barriers because of their cost are inconsiderate. The 'polluter pays' principle is fair.

Lam Sze-man

Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School

The right move

I'm writing in response to the star letter 'You cannot always choose your neighbour' (Young Post, July 21).

Lydia's teacher might have a good reason for wanting to move her.

If we always sit next to our friends and play with them, we won't be paying attention to the lessons. It would be a pity if we got poor results because of such behaviour.

Not sitting next to your friend is not such a bad thing.

This is the summer holiday, so Lydia has plenty of time to play with her friends. But she must also remember to do her homework.

Ha Suet-man

TWGHs Lui Yun Choy Memorial College

A true friend

I'm writing in response to the letter 'Give each other a hand with your studies' (Young Post, August 2).

My situation is totally different from Carmen's. I was sad after doing badly in my exams.

My best friend, Victor, was the top student in our form.

When he learned about

my result, he came to me immediately and offered to help me with my studies.

I'm really lucky to have such a good friend.

Wong Pak-sing


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