Patcharawalai Sanyanusin is a writer for Life section of the Bangkok Post.
Do you often feel lonesome? Do you spend a lot of time online chatting with friends but still feel disconnected? If your answer is yes to both, you might be one of the 26.7 million out of 69.7 million in Thailand found encountering loneliness in a research conducted by Mahidol University's College of Management last year. Isn't it sad to know that one-third of our Thai fellows are lonely?
I'm not a fan of any boy bands or girl groups from South Korea but I was shocked by the news of the death of Sulli that made big headlines in Thailand two weeks ago. I didn't know much about her before but the speculation that her sudden death was suicide and that cyberbullying may have been a contributing factor saddened me and made me curious to know what happened to her life.
How would you feel if someone pointed a finger at you and said: "You are nak phaen din"? A very strong and hurtful remark, isn't it? Meaning "burden to the land", the term is normally used toward a person who is perceived as scum for causing so much trouble to society.
This summer seems hotter than usual to me, and the Songkran water splashes don't seem to cool me down at all. Well, the major culprit isn't El Nino, which is hitting the country this year, but rather the political tension that has been escalating since the March 24 election.
'What we see is not always true." The saying is valid and can remind us to not easily jump to conclusions. It's a shame that most netizens don't seem to keep this in mind. That's why they are always quick to criticise everyone who appears on social media -- only to find out later that the person might not be like they thought at all.