TV is a bane
New technology can be both good and bad. For example, when there was no cable TV, we rarely fought over which channel to watch. We chatted to each other happily and enjoyed having meals together. There was family harmony.
Nowadays, there are so many TV channels, we fight to watch our favourite programme. Dad wants to watch a soccer match, Mum prefers a cooking show and I want to watch cartoons.
We watch TV till late at night and seldom talk to each other.
In this hi-tech era, family relationships are being weakened, and there is more conflict.
I agree new technology can help improve our living standards, but I hope it won't destroy family relationships.
Chan Ming-hin, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School
From the Editor
Thanks for your letter, Ming-hin. Your sentiments are exactly in line with United States President Barack Obama who has urged families to turn off the television set. There is no doubt that having a television set impacts on children's learning skills as it affects their reading ability.
Of course the counter argument is that much of the television is educational, but let's be honest here ... how many people actually watch educational TV? Of course children want to watch cartoons. They're funny and entertaining, and watching them means you don't have to think. They're like sugar for your brain.
Given the choice, most children would prefer to be able to eat sweeties instead of healthy vegetables. The television itself is just like the supermarket. You can get whatever you like there. The problem is that most children are shopping without any parental input or supervision and they're spending way too much time in the store.