Top 10: What question do you wish people never asked?

  • What are the most annoying questions your family and friends ask you?
  • Whether they’re about your weight, your appearance, your studies, or if you’re dating, these are the queries that bother you the most
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Just don't ask!

Never ask me whether I have a girlfriend! My parents are always curious about my relationship status. They worry that I spend time on these “meaningless” matters, but I think they should respect my privacy and allow me some freedom. When I feel comfortable, I will be more than happy to share my good news with people around me!

Henry Hui, 18, King Ling College

One question I never want people to ask is about my exam results. If my results aren’t very good, I’m afraid others will laugh at me! I try to be hard working and hope my results will get better.

Sandra Chieh Wing-yin, 17, Shun Tak Fraternal Association Seaward Woo College

I don’t want to be asked whether my hair is naturally curly, or if I have done any treatment to make it that way. My hair is naturally curly, but so many people ask me this question. I understand they are curious but it’s really annoying!

Kobe Tsoi, 16, YCH Tung Chi Ying Memorial Secondary School

I think people shouldn’t ask anything about my political stance, because everyone has their own opinions and they have their personal reasons to support their stance. It may be hard to understand, and you may not agree with their stance, but you shouldn’t ask because it will seem like you are challenging their beliefs.

Wong Tsz-yu, 15, Po Leung Kuk Ma Kam Ming College

“Who do you love the most?” This is because I can’t give a proper answer. I think all of my friends, teachers or parents are my favourite people. My friends offer me so much warmth, my teachers give me a lot of support and encouragement, and my parents care about me. In short, I appreciate them very much and I love them all.

Tina Fang, 15, Fung Kai No. 1 Secondary School

“Why are you so stupid?” This question is so annoying. I don’t think I am stupid at all. I work hard every day and I take homework seriously, so please don’t ask me this question.

Leung Tsun-kiu, 12, King Ling College

When I’m going to eat a delicious dessert, or something unhealthy, I cannot bear someone asking, “Do you know how many calories are in that?” I eat food that I like and I just want to enjoy it. Although a balanced diet is important, I only eat unhealthy food a few times a month. Besides, I don’t want others to judge my choices to fit their own values.

Egbert Chan Hok-yin, 14, SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School

“Why are you so short?” and “Why are you so fat?” People always ask me these questions and I think they’re being very impolite and disrespectful. If you were the “victim”, you’d be really upset, especially if you are short and chubby. So please don’t ask such “inappropriate” questions of anybody, especially your friends or relatives.

Leanna Leung, 12, Maryknoll Fathers’ School

You should never ask a person about the saddest thing they’ve ever experienced. Firstly, some people may still be thinking about the incident so it would make them really sad. Secondly, you may not get an answer, because some people may not have experienced anything truly sad in their whole life. Finally, some people may be reluctant to share their experiences. So you should not ask this kind of question.

Jenny Huang, 14, Fung Kai No.1 Secondary School

“Why do you want to sleep?” There’s such an obvious answer. “I want to sleep because I’m sleepy.” No one should ask me such a silly question.

Tseung Wai-kwan, 17, Po Leung Kuk Ma Kam Ming College

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