What do you think would be the hardest thing in the world to give up?

This week, we asked our readers: what do you think would be the hardest thing in the world to give up?

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Do you hear that clicking sound?

Smartphones! I text my friends using WhatsApp and We Chat and do my homework research on Google. And if I want to get to an unfamiliar place, I use Google Maps to guide me. I can access all of these software every single day with just a few clicks. I don’t think anybody can give up smartphones in this digital age. I know I can’t!

Sunny Hon Hang-chak, 17, Workers’ Children Secondary School

Shopping mania

That would be online shopping, for example, at Zalora. I simply can’t live without it. Every day, I go online and see what I want to buy. There are so many discounts and the products are very cheap. This is the hardest thing for me to give up. Please help!

Tommy Ching, 14, Tak Sun Secondary School

Cantonese fan

My mother tongue, Cantonese. It has a long history, and represents Hong Kong’s culture and heritage. It allows me to learn and communicate. I couldn’t imagine a world without Cantonese. I’m willing to learn other languages, but I could never give up the one I learned as a baby.

Jessica Ip Pak-kwan,15, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

A timely reminder

Many people will say money, video games, mobile phones, or computers. All those are materialistic things. The hardest thing for me to give up is something that you cannot touch – time. Time passes quickly, but we do not treasure it. We can control almost everything else in our daily lives, but not time. So, if I can treasure my time more, I may be able to do more things. Also, I may not have so many regrets, if I spend my time wisely.

Wing Chan, 12, King Ling College

Play time

Playing with electronic gadgets. I am not an internet addict, but I use my smartphone or iPad a lot during my leisure time. Then I can relax and forget about the pressure from my parents and school.

Rita Chan On-lam, 13, King Ling College

Play your cards right

Using my father’s credit card to pay for Apple Music. This is because music is very important to me, and Apple Music offers the best deal. I don’t have a credit card, so I would do anything to borrow my dad’s.

Holic Hung, 14, Po Leung Kuk Mrs Ma Kam Ming-Cheung Fook Sien College

Eat your heart out

FOOD! No one can live without food. Besides that fact, imagine how boring life would be without those delicious dishes!

Bernice Lam, 16, HKBUAS Wong Kam Fai Secondary & Primary School

Do you read me?

Reading. It helps me learn new words, and provides inspiration and knowledge. I love some of the plots, and realise that the authors have to be very creative to attract readers. If I stop reading, that is exactly the same as giving up on my future career, or even life.

Arella Ng, 11, Christian Alliance P. C. Lau Memorial International School

Happy times

Mahjong. Although some people play this game for money, I think it is great fun and brings us a lot of benefits. It can help strengthen my relationship with family and friends. Also, since l began playing mahjong, have become more sensitive to the concept of probability so my maths has improved. What’s more, it can lower my risk of getting dementia as I get older. How can I give up a game which guarantees good grades and a happy social life?

Carson Cheung Ka-long, 16, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

Let’s drink to that!

What else but soft drinks? They are so addictive that I sometimes wonder if they contain a special drug. At one time, I was determined to give them up, but after a few weeks, I needed a “drink”. Perhaps the reason is you can buy soft drinks almost anywhere and they are very cheap. Even my PE teacher wants me to give up soft drinks but it’s so difficult. Soft drinks win!

Saima, 16, St Margaret’s Girls’ College

For next week’s Top 10, tell us, what would you do if you had HK$1 million that you had to spend in one week? Send your answer, along with your name, age and school, to [email protected], with “Top 10: HK$1 million” in the subject line, and our favourite answers will appear in next week’s Top 10!