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Online activities bad for morality
« on: January 05, 2012, 11:10:43 AM »
Thai young people's current distant relationship with their parents is contributing to social problems and a drop in morality, made more easily possible by their online activities and social networking, Culture Ministry permanent secretary Somchai Sianglai said yesterday.
Citing an international study on youth and protection three years ago, he said that although many young people in Thailand tended to say prayers at temple events or observe Buddhist teachings on ceremonial occasions, about 40 per cent said |they did not believe in the Law of Karma and in doing good.

"This indicates an immediate solution is to make access to religion easier to encourage young people to further embrace religious values," he said.

Somchai said a 2008 Child Watch report indicated that the divorce rate in Thailand had increased from 1 in 10 in 1999 to 1 in 3 now. The situation, where children stay home but get less time with parents - dubbed "virtual orphans" - meant the family institution in Thailand was getting weaker.

Thai youths' online activities had increased from 23 per cent in 2007 to 31 per cent in the following two years. An estimated increase to 35 to 40 per cent was possible next year.

Growth in Facebook users among Thais was now third-highest in the world, increasing from 1.9 million in 2009 to 10 million as of last year, and could reach 15 million next year.

Somchai, however, lauded a positive aspect of the Facebook boom in Thailand, saying young people aged 18-24 - 40 per cent of all local users - were tending to expand their volunteerism using it. "A policy to promote Facebook and other online social networking services to good use will be important to develop a good culture for the coming generations," he added.
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.