5 Ways South Korean Teens are Saying Goodbye to Technology
Digital addiction has sparked an underground movement within South Korea that has become dubbed the “digital detox” or “digital juju” – and teenagers are jumping on board.
Here are five ways South Korean teens are saying goodbye to technology.
Track One Iconatic Superheroic Millennial.
The internet only grew more addicting as kids got older. Kids were instilled with the technology early on and kept coming back.
For some people it just got so hard to resist the addictive nature of the internet that it became hard to go without.
Pretty soon some even turned to cyberporn.
Then one teenager decided he could go without internet for a month and come back with an unforgettable experience.
According to an interview with TV K, the person decided to keep the internet at bay for the month. He can now experience what the average teenager can’t.
He said that in the beginning he struggled and considered giving up on the entire idea but now enjoys the detoxes.
“Even if I do miss everything, I don’t need to rush back, and can go back with my freedom and ability to pick and choose what I want to focus on,” he said.
Organise A Mass Meeting.
There are instances of teenagers going online to escape their families and friends. In 2017, countless teens gathered at a hall in Seoul, South Korea to make a pledge to go completely offline, according to Yonhap.
The event was organised by E-Paway, a company focused on internet addiction treatment and counselling.
Various speakers and volunteers from the LGBTQ community also attended the event.
According to E-Paway’s official site, the event was a breakthrough that demonstrates the power of online parental supervision over internet use.
The company aims to inspire parents to better their parenting skills by gathering young people who agree with changing their internet habits.
Parents who participate in this or similar seminars know that their children are not the only ones who are addicted to internet, and much will be learned in the event.
Gang Up On Vlogging Partners.
Japanese kids have long been addicted to vlogging, but a group of South Korean teenagers were inspired by the Asian counterparts.
They felt sad to see that many videos and jokes on Youtube are no longer funny anymore, and invited YouTube to join their digital detox.
YouTube has decided to see if it can do anything to stop the downward spiral of its popular channel.
Indonesia’s famous YouTuber and 15-year-old Palo Ustani has already launched a full-scale campaign with “no more bullying anyone” in tow.
“A lot of times you can see who do you bully more,” said Ustani. “And you know who to pick on, and you know you’re not good at that too.”
In that year, Palo stopped uploading new videos, discouraged her followers from posting with bad language, and now they don’t post any videos any more.
Although the South Korean social media influencers claim they want to protect the young population, there has been no credible evidence that shows their work has made a big difference.
Grow More Attractive.
The once youthful look and boyish good looks of internet and social media influencers can no longer fit young Korean teenagers. As the trend continues to grow in popularity, this is becoming the next phase of digital detox.
Users are challenged to grow more attractive in order to cultivate a positive internet identity. Instead of standing strong and proud on social media, they’re nudged to be more inviting.
Voice Of The South Korean Teens.
Although teenagers might be engaging in illegal activities for financial gain, they’re not getting away with it. The government has been cracking down on young web users who are going against the laws.
Earlier this year, YouTube was facing pressure for not taking down cyberporn because of the suitability of the subject matter.
It got so bad that the government started setting up specialized taskforces to track down predators who threaten the lives of the young.