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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am
 

Facebook depression


Are you busy checking your Facebook account every day to see if anyone has commented on your status? Do you feel that your friends' lives are better than yours when browsing their photo albums? If so, you may be a victim of Facebook depression.


Facebook is like a big popularity contest - the ones who can get the most friend requests and the most 'likes' are the winners.


You may start posting photos to attract more 'likes' and chasing a long friend list to make you look popular.


We should re-evaluate our 'investment' in Facebook. It shouldn't take the place of real life. Most important of all, strive to get out of the Facebook depression zone.


Li Chui-yi, Christian Alliance S. C. Chan Memorial College


View of the world from a wheelchair


I recently interviewed Lai Chi-wai, a rock climber who had a car accident last year and became paralysed. He was ranked eighth in the world before his accident.


I was quite scared when I first met him, but I shouldn't have been: he was friendly and nice. He told me that he felt miserable when he realised he would be wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life. Luckily, with the support of his friends and family, he soon pulled himself together for the sake of his pregnant wife. He made me realise how important dreams are. He taught me happiness is not just about money and material things. It is also about friends and family.


Although he is physically handicapped, he thinks he is lucky when compared to so many people. He says he has many friends, an understanding wife, and most importantly, he has not lost faith in life.


After interviewing such an optimistic person, I was inspired. I sincerely hope that he will be able to stand up again one day.


Toby Pei Yuen-lam


Our ugly behaviour does no good


Recently, I watched Susan Boyle's 2009 appearance on Britain's Got Talent, and I found it incredibly inspiring.


Before Susan sang, some of the audience members laughed at her because of what she looked like. Even the judges teased her a lot.


But just after her performance, everybody was shocked; I was no exception. Yes, we were all astonished by her beautiful voice. But, what's more, we were amazed by our previous disrespect for her just because of her ordinary appearance.


Then I realised that humans almost always judge people on their 'appearance'.


There are millions of people who are discriminated against just because of the colour of their skin, social background or religious beliefs. Also, many employers don't hire disabled people, while some hire people because they 'look good'. This is happening around the globe every day. These days, many people consider such discrimination as 'normal'. I am questioning the way we judge people and I hope you will, too.


Eric Ho Chor-ting, STFA Tam Pak Yu College


Epilepsy deserves more understanding


Epilepsy is not a very well-known condition. It is a neurological disorder characterised by seizures. I think the government should provide free medicine and therapy to epilepsy patients.


The mass media should educate people about the condition so they know what to do when someone suffers a seizure. And companies should not discriminate against sufferers when it comes to job opportunities.


Kwan Cheuk-man, S.K.H. Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School


My Supermum and Superdad


I am writing in response to the letter 'Superheroes can be found at home' (Young Post, January 17). I agree with the writer - my parents are my superheroes.


They take care of us and teach us what is right and wrong. And they are very patient with us.


Maybe your superheroes are celebrities. They may be rich and famous, and you may even think they are the best people in the world. But please pay attention to your parents, who are now taking care of you.


Vicky Yau, Tak Oi Secondary School

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