Give your ears a break on holiday

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 October, 2010, 12:00am

Every day, we are surrounded by all sorts of different sounds and noises: the tick-tocking clock, music played by our neighbour, splashing water ... Some of them are as beautiful as music, but some are as annoying as the buzzing of flies. So when we're on holiday, we should not only give our bodies a rest, but our ears, too.

I recommend teens play board games. They don't make annoying noises like computer or video games. They are a way to bring a family or group of friends together. They encourage discussion. There are many kinds of board games, such as Monopoly, Cluedo, Scrabble, Pictionary and so on. All of them are fun and can even help improve our English.

We should also spend time outdoors and exercise during the holidays. Cycling is a healthy activity. It is also eco- friendly. Let's start to do noise-free family activities and spend quality time with people we love.

Jennifer Tang Wing-lam, Carmel Secondary School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Jennifer. You make some very interesting proposals. It seems that unless something makes some sort of noise, people are not interested in it. The idea of noise pollution is a relatively new concept. Even newer, though, is the concept of 'information pollution'. This is all that extra, wasted information that comes into our lives. While people need information to make decisions, it has been shown in studies that more information is not necessarily better.

In the good old days when you went to the supermarket to buy, say, some ice cream, you could choose between vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and a mix of all three called neapolitan. These days, one ice cream maker will have more than 12 flavours on their menu - toasted almond, black cherry, and so on. Choosing just one flavour means that sub-consciously the buyer has to consider and discard sometimes more than 50 flavours for one purchase.

All of that increases our stress levels and will eventually impact our health. Your ideas of board games and bike rides offer a quiet, interactive and healthy pastime that we could all do with.

Susan, Editor