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The "Hidden Youth" problem in Asia

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The "Hidden Youth" problem

Spreading across Japan, Taiwan, HK, China...

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Uehara is 22 and unemployed. He stopped going to school when he was 14, choosing to hide out at home instead. He hasn't worked or attended school since, and has completely cut off contact with society. With the exception of the one day a month his mother takes him to see a psychiatrist, he has spent the last eight years in his parents' home, playing video games, watching TV, reading magazines, and eating pizza and cake. He has no friends and doesn't speak to people. In fact, before he got a computer for his 22nd birthday, he didn't communicate with anyone at all. But the computer has changed his life.

 

Uehara isn't his real name, of course; it's what he calls himself online, where he met a group of people that share his interests. They're known as the Parasites. The information he gathered about them online says that they--like him--harbor parasites and are born with the right to kill others. Noted author Ryu Murakami describes these kinds of withdrawn youth in lurid detail in his 2000 novel Parasites.

 

Such youth exist in mainland China as well. Xiao Hu, a 30-year-old graduate of Shanghai's Fudan University, shares an apartment near the university with younger students from the school. She splits her time between fretting that she needs to prepare for next year's graduate school entrance exams, and looking for work. Many of her former classmates knew where they were going with their lives even before they graduated, but Xiao Hu is still looking for a direction. She has mailed more job inquiries than she can count, but is exceptionally finicky about what kind of work she'll take.

 

/source: http://www.taiwan-panorama.com/en/print.php?id=200739603090E.TXT&table=3

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HK wants help to FIND the Hidden Youths

 

 

Invitation to Operate Pilot Cyber Youth Outreaching Projects

 

The 21st century sees a fast growth in the use of the internet by children

and young people. With the emergence of internet chat-groups, ICQ, Web2.0, twitter

and facebook, etc., contemporary young people have developed unique

communication patterns vide the internet and many of them have become addicted to

surfing the web. Besides convenient use of the internet in school work, research and

studies, children and youths are also exposed to a wide array of traps and pitfalls and

negative influences in the cyber world, including but not limited to sex and

pornography, online gambling, online suicidal pacts, cyber bullying, internet addiction,

and technology crimes like illegal downloading of movies/songs, online deception

(e.g. related to on-line games), etc.

 

Through provision of subventions to non-governmental organisations

(NGOs), the Social Welfare Department (SWD) has been providing a holistic and

integrated network of youth services. However, centre-based or outreaching youth

work conducted on-site and face-to-face has difficulty in reaching the increasing

hidden group of potential at-risk youths who may be more willing to receive online

services than other conventional intervention. With the recent spate of youth

suicidal pact and other cyber-related youth problems, SWD sees the need to take a

pioneering and proactive approach to address the changing needs of youths, in

particular at-risk youths and hidden youths through cyber means

 

/more: http://www.swd.gov.hk/doc/whatsnew/201012/cyberyouth/Appendix%20II.pdf

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Very sad. I'm in my mid 30's and suffer from agrophobia....so sort of like them in a way

but both my parents died when I was young so I didn't get the cocoon. No trust fund either!

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Very sad. I'm in my mid 30's and suffer from agrophobia....so sort of like them in a way

but both my parents died when I was young so I didn't get the cocoon. No trust fund either!

What got you out of hibernation?

Are there any lesson that you can pass on?

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In Japan : Not just a Baby Bust, it's a Love Bust too

 

For Many Japanese Singles, Love Just isn't in the Air - WSJ

 

According to a recent government study, 61% of the unmarried adults surveyed said they don't have girlfriends.

 

The proportion of unmarried men jumped 9.2 percentage points since the survey was last conducted. No cause for alarm, though, as many of the guys polled were concerned: About 45% of those without a girlfriend said they are not particularly interested in finding one.

. . .

The average age by which men say they want to be married has inched upwards since 1987, now standing at 30.4 years old for men and 28.4 for women.

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I realise it is not quite the same thing ... but a sort of cut down version of it is the amount of time our young people spend on computers. My youngest lad is 16 - he spends hour after hour after hour on X-Box 360 Live - playing games and watching movies with his mates. He sits in a chair in his bedroom, in front of a computer hooked to a big monitor - and an XBox 360 hooked to a big TV screen, headphones on with a microphone in front of his mouth - playing games and, this bit I find hard to get, watching films with his mates all stuck in their bedrooms. You hear him shouting things out all the time, or creased up with laughter ... it's as if say him and 4 of his mates have gone to the cinema together - but none of them have left their homes. Or they watche endless youtube videos - sending each other links all the time.

 

A while ago he had a steady girlfriend - which at least got him out of the house - but now that he has finished with her - it's back to this weird 'I only leave my bedroom to go to school and an occasional visit to my mates' existence.

 

On the occasions when he does leave his room and come and sit with us, his IPhone is in his hand all the time and his gaze never leaves it and his fingers are tapping away most of the time. Thank heaveans for his part time job - at least he has to leave the computer to do that - but, when I go to pick him up from his job, the second he leaves the IPhone is in his hand as he walks towards the car.

 

It's all very weird and very addictive.

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