Voices Of Youth

Focus more on social interaction

Today's youth are so reliant on technology that they neglect the people around them.

After school, most of us will just barge into our homes and go straight to our rooms.

The number of words we actually speak to our family members could easily amount to fewer than 50.

At meal times, how many of us actually talk to our parents?

We would rather occupy ourselves with our mobile devices at the dinner table.

On weekends, we just stay in our own rooms.

When we are with our friends, perhaps we talk more than we do to our families.

But some of us still sit at the table and start using our phones instead.

Is this a society that we want to create, with technology overpowering personal interaction?

What we should do is get out of our rooms, put away our phones, and start bonding with our families.

During lunch, we should put away our phones and start interacting with our peers.

We might be surprised at what interesting friends we have around us.

Tan Jin Fang, 18, second-year polytechnic student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 30, 2015, with the headline 'VoicesOf Youth'. Print Edition | Subscribe