Don't spend all your time online

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 June, 2010, 12:00am

With the rapid development of technology, we use the computer every day for work and play. We surf the internet for information and read the news online. We also play games and watch videos on the computer.

Many people see the computer as a daily necessity. They think they cannot last a single day without the computer. People are addicted to the computer and this is a serious problem.

We should exercise self-control. We should not always be using the computer. Otherwise, we will become Hikikomori. Hikikomori is a Japanese term referring to the phenomenon under which people withdraw from social life. It also refers to people who suffer hikikomori. Such people only want to stay home to play games. They do not want to go out and are afraid of talking to others.

We should lead a healthy lifestyle, and strike a balance between using computers and maintaining a social life.

Jessie Leung, Mu Kuang English School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Jessie. There is no denying how useful computers are. Without them, life would be a lot slower and less efficient. Computers help transport to run, help medical machinery to keep people alive, allow electricity and gas to be supplied to massive cities, and so on. They are crucial to modern life.

However, on a smaller, personal basis, computers can get in the way. People can become obsessed with computer games, or get so involved in online relationships that they forget to work on their real relationships.

Like with anything in life, we should enjoy our computers in moderation. Unless you keep a careful eye on your computer usage - and especially with weeks of summer holiday ahead - you'll find that you lose whole days, just sitting in front of the computer.

If you know you get distracted while using your computer, set an alarm so that you get up after an hour. It would be a shame to let your holiday disappear while you're lost in cyberspace.

Karly, Deputy Editor