Top 10: What is the one thing you regret spending time on?

  • From playing mobile games to people-pleasing and procrastination, these are the ways our readers felt they had wasted too many hours doing
  • This week’s question is: If you could know a secret from anyone, who would it be?
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This week’s question: If you could hear a secret from anyone, who would it be?

To take part, drop us a line via this form or email us at [email protected] by 11.59pm on November 23. Tell us your name, age and school.

Here’s what our readers said this week …

Anson Tang Tsz-him, 15, STFA Leung Kau Kui College: Spending a lot of time on my phone and not talking more with my family. When I was a kid, I used to play video games at my grandma’s place. Every time she tried to start a conversation with me, I didn’t bother to respond and would just say: “We’ll chat later. Let me finish this game first.” Now that she’s gone, I regret it because I will never have the chance to talk to her again.

Vincent Chan Yik-hei, 15, Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College: Taking a long time to make decisions. Once, that hesitation prevented me from taking part in a competition because I missed the deadline. I have lost many opportunities because of this bad habit. Therefore, I have decided not to hesitate any more and cherish every opportunity that I get.

Top 10: What would you do with an extra day off from school each week?

Mimosa Lui Hiu-nam, 13, Ma On Shan St Joseph’s Secondary School: Appearance. I used to think that good looks are very important since all my close friends are pretty. So I spent a lot of time grooming myself and trying to meet the usual beauty standards. One day, a female celebrity made me realise how senseless my behaviour was. Now, I have given up focusing on my appearance, and I just feel so much more relaxed.

Daphne Bouloukos, 13, CCC Kung Lee College: Caring too much about others. In trying to please everybody, I used to worry about other people’s reactions and was afraid of expressing myself. But as I grew up, I realised that it is OK to be myself and make mistakes like everyone else does.

Learning to accept your flaws is an important part of growing up. Photo: Shutterstock

Zuniga Ronan, 12, Ho Yu College and Primary School (Sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen): Trying to be perfect. I wanted everyone to like me so that I could make more friends and gain recognition. But no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t become the “perfect one”. So now I have decided to be friends with those who appreciate me. I have found out that no one is perfect, and I’m happy just the way I am.

Eddy Cheung Lok-ping, 13, Pope Paul VI College: Playing online games. I could make better use of that time, for example, by playing sports or a musical instrument, learning a new language or just travelling. It would boost my CV and perhaps help get me a good job in the future.

Top 10: What is one thing that you will never try again?

Romero Leila Alexis, 17, Delia Memorial School (Broadway): Procrastination. I spend hours thinking about what I’m supposed to do, such as assignments, revision or drawing. I would think about deadlines and when I should start working on the tasks. But I end up doing them at the last minute, and it’s a process that is repeated again and again.

Venus Ho Yue-wing, 13, St Mary’s Canossian College: Social media. Although spending time scrolling through my friends’ Instagram accounts and chatting with them is fun, the result is I may have become a smartphone addict. I feel uneasy whenever my phone isn’t by my side, and I cannot stop myself from poking the screen. If I had a chance to relive the past, I wouldn’t spend so much time on my phone.

Being able to access the world at your fingertips has its pros and cons. Photo: Shutterstock

Lam Wai-ching, 13, Immaculate Heart of Mary College: Making too many friends. I am happy to have a lot of friends, but I also need to have some “me time”. I also have to find the right balance between socialising and studying so that my academic results aren’t affected.

Marco Wong Hong-kiu, 14, Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College: Homework. It’s so boring, and sometimes it takes me four hours to finish it. I wish I could spend that valuable time with my family.

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