Benefits of kidulthood

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 August, 2009, 12:00am

Many adults devote their time and energy to activities and toys usually associated with children or teenagers, such as playing computer games or watching cartoons. These people are called 'kidults' and it's a trend that's picking up. I think the reason 'kidults' exist is because of the enormous pressures society places on adults. It's a way for them to relieve stress.

Hong Kong is a knowledge-based community and there are many demands. To relieve some of the pressure, some adults distract themselves with youthful activities.

Also, many people had to work very hard to get to where they are today. They never had any time to do the things they loved as a teenager. As a result, some adults try to relive their childhood a little.

Some businessmen have even capitalised on this trend to develop new products which benefits the economy.

I think the 'kidult' trend is good for society and people should respect it. Yu Yik-tung, Leung Shek Chee College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Yik-tung. You are quite right when you say people who are not allowed to experience a proper childhood often revert to child-like ways when they are older. A prime example of this phenomenon would be the late 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson, who spent millions of dollars on his huge Neverland playground.

It is strange that everyone today seems to think their lives are so stressed. Our grandparents lived through world wars. Our parents lived with the constant threat of nuclear attack. Our ancestors had to fight off wolves with their bare hands. We have no threats in Hong Kong today. Yet we imagine that we have this pressing need to earn a fortune and live like an emperor. This 'pressure' is entirely self-afflicted.

However, the idea of adults playing games really is harmless and hopefully will encourage more creativity.

Susan, Editor