Thais sleep least, browse net most in Asia-Pacific

Thais sleep least, browse net most in Asia-Pacific

Thai people have the shortest sleeping hours and the longest internet-playing hours in Asia Pacific, AIA Group reports. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
Thai people have the shortest sleeping hours and the longest internet-playing hours in Asia Pacific, AIA Group reports. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

Health worries for current & future generations of Thais as survey uncovers unhealthy habits of eating, internet addiction & not enough sleep.

SLEEP, HEALTHY EATING & THE INTERNET

Thais sleep least, browse net most in Asia-Pacific

16/08/2016
Online Reporters

Thais sleep the least among Asia-Pacific countries and spend the longest time on non-work internet browsing,

This is according to the Healthy Living survey in Asia Pacific carried out by the AIA Group, a pan- Asian life insurance company.

THAIS SLEEP 6.3 HOURS, WISH TO SLEEP 7.7 HOURS

Thais sleep on average 6.3 hours a day, the lowest among the 15 countries surveyed, although Thais said they wished to sleep 7.7 hours.

Besides Thais, Malaysians and South Koreans got the same amount of sleep.

HEALTHY EATING HABITS

A majority of Thais also admitted to unhealthy eating habits such as eating while distracted (90%), eating unhealthy snacks (89%), eating and drinking on the go (84%) and eating dinner close to bedtime (82%).

They also had misperceptions about healthy foods -- that they were more expensive (89%), did not taste very good (76%), were harder to prepare (71%) and took longer to cook (67%).

NON-WORK-RELATED TIME ON THE INTERNET 

The survey also found that adults who were online in Thailand spent five hours a day on the internet for non-work purposes, the highest in the Asia-Pacific region.

They did so even though they were aware excessive internet surfing had negative impacts on their health: less time for exercise (83%), less time for sleep (81%) and bad for their posture (81%).

Despite the awareness, change would be difficult, with 75% admitting to being addicted to spending time online, much higher than the regional average of 57%.

With the proliferation of connectivity and device ownership, internet addiction would most likely increase, AIA Group stated.

SO WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?

The report also raised concern on the health of the next generation of Thais as the majority of interviewed Thai parents said their children did not get enough exercise (72%) or sleep (60%).

Too much screen time -- being online, playing video games, watching TV -- and homework are seen as the culprits, according to the survey.

The survey included about 10,000 adults in 15 countries in Asia Pacific in the first half of this year. Of all respondents, 750 were Thai people.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1063189/aia-thais-sleep-least-browse-net-most-in-region

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Vocabulary

  • according to (prep): as stated or reported by somebody/something - ตามคำบอกเล่า, ตามรายงาน
  • addicted: unable to stop using or doing something - ซึ่งติดนิสัยในบางอย่าง
  • addiction: a strong need or wish to spend as much time as possible doing a particular activity - การติด
  • admit: to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ
  • admitted (verb): agreed that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ
  • average: an amount calculated by adding several amounts together, finding a total, and dividing the total by the number of amounts - เฉลี่ย, ค่าเฉลี่ย
  • aware (adj): knowing that something exists, or to have knowledge or experience of a particular thing - ทราบ, รับรู้
  • awareness: knowing that something exists, or having knowledge or experience of a particular thing - การรับรู้, การทราบ, ความตระหนัก
  • bedtime: the time that you go to sleep at night -
  • close to: near -
  • concern: a worry - ความกังวล
  • connectivity (noun): how well connected things are, how easily you can get from one place to another - ภาวะเชื่อมต่อ, สภาพเชื่อมโยง
  • culprit: someone who has done something wrong - ผู้กระทำความผิด
  • despite (prep): used to show that something happened or is true although something else might have happened to prevent it; used to show that somebody did not intend to do the thing mentioned - ถึงอย่างไรก็ตาม, ทั้ง ๆ ที่
  • device (noun): a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job - อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
  • distracted: having your attention taken away from something - ไขว้เขว เสียสมาธิ
  • excessive: much greater than is usual; too much of something   - มากเกินปริมาณที่พอดี
  • exercise: physical activity such as running or weight lifting to make your body strong and healthy; physical training - การออกกำลังกาย
  • expensive (adj): costing a lot of money - แพง
  • generation: a group of people in society who are born and live around the same time - รุ่น (คนรุ่นต่างๆ)
  • habit: a thing that you do often and almost without thinking, especially something that is hard to stop doing - กิจวัตร, สิ่งที่เป็นนิสัย, สิ่งที่ทำเป็นประจำ
  • impact (noun): an effect or influence - ผลกระทบ
  • interview: to ask someone questions for a poll, a newspaper article, television show, etc. - สัมภาษณ์,
  • least (det): smallest in size, amount, degree, etc - น้อยที่สุด
  • majority: more than 50 percent of a group - เสียงส่วนใหญ่
  • misperception: misconception; a wrong belief or opinion as a result of not understanding something - ความเข้าใจผิด
  • negative: bad - ที่เป็นด้านลบ
  • on average: calculated by adding several amounts together, finding a total, and dividing the total by the number of amounts - โดยเฉลี่ย
  • on the go: moving around; not at a single place like in a home, office, etc. -
  • online: controlled by or connected to a computer or to the Internet - ออนไลน์, การเชื่อมต่อผ่านระบบเครือข่ายทางคอมพิวเตอร์
  • ownership (noun): the condition or state of owning things, having things that you "own", that belong to you, that you are the "owner" of - สิทธิการครอบครอง, ความเป็นเจ้าของ
  • pan- (prefix): including all of something; connected with the whole of something - ทั้งหมด, ทั้งสิ้น
  • parent: a person's father or mother - พ่อหรือแม่
  • posture: position of the body, e.g., sitting, standing, walking, etc. - ท่าทาง เช่น ท่านั่ง ท่ายืน
  • prepare (verb): put in order, get ready - เตรียม, เตรียมตัว, เตรียมพร้อม, จัดเตรียม, ตระเตรียม
  • proliferation (noun): the sudden increase in the number or amount of something; a large number of a particular thing - การเพิ่มจำนวนอย่างรวดเร็ว
  • raise: to bring up a subject for discussion - ยกขึ้นมาเป็นประเด็น
  • region: a large area of land or space, usually without exact limits or borders - ภูมิภาค, ขอบเขต, แถบ, บริเวณ
  • regional: of or relating to a region - เกี่ยวกับภูมิภาค
  • respondent (noun): someone who answers questions - ผู้ตอบคำถาม/แบบสำรวจ
  • screen (noun): a display on a phone, computer, etc. that shows information -
  • snack: a small meal or amount of food, usually eaten in a hurry - อาหารว่าง, อาหารเบาๆ
  • state: to formally write or say something, especially in a careful and clear way - บอกกล่าว, แถลง, กล่าว
  • survey: to ask a large number of people questions to find out their opinions - สำรวจ
  • wish (noun): something that you want to have in the future - ความปรารถนา, ความประสงค์, ความต้องการ, ความอยาก
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