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26 January 2013 :: 10:01:05 am 70834

Thai Parents Spoiling Lying Kids With iPhones

Many parents rightly start to get worried about their children’s behavior when they become teenagers. Many bad influences can misguide the teens into making wrong choices and getting into trouble.
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Parents also have to think about the increased expenses of teen children, such as finding money for their education fees and other related costs. There is also the social aspect of teen culture, where nearly every kid seems to need the latest and most expensive mobile phone to survive in this high-tech age.

The latest story about this subject was a tweet by @ Motorcyrubjang, who commented about Thai teens who lie to their parents about money they need.

His tweet said, “Nowadays, kids will lie to their parents about cellphones. A father would buy a 4 or 5 thousand baht Samsung phone, only to have his kid reject it, and say it has to be an iPhone. Because only the iPhone can connect to the uni’s net, the kid says. So the father has to work hard to buy his kid the iPhone.”

That tweet drew a lot of responses, which took @Motorcyubjang by surprise. He said, “There was criticism from the various tweets after my tweet. There were 2,645 re-tweetings, which showed people are interested in the subject, and do not agree with this kid. The kid was a University student in Bangkok, and the kid lied to the father, just so he could get an iPhone to show off.”

It seems parents everywhere have to deal with this issue of buying their kids expensive cellphones. In another example, I came to work as usual at the taxi motorbike riders queue, and was sitting to wait for a client.

Then an older fellow began talking to me, and asked me for advice. He said his son wanted a smartphone, but his son said it had to be an iPhone, which costs 16,000 baht. However, the poor dad had only 8,000 baht to spend.

So the dad asked me if there is a cheaper type of cellphone that can connect to the Internet. I suggested the Samsung models, which cost between 4- to 5,000 baht, or a little better model, the Samsung Ace cellphone.

The older gent thanked me a lot, and said he would talk to his son about buying him a phone that he could afford. The next morning, the same fellow came to work at the queue late, and he looked worried.

I asked him what was going on, and if he decided to buy the cheaper Samsung phone I had suggested. He replied in a sad voice that his son told him that the phones I had suggested could not connect to the uni’s Internet.

I then asked the old fellow what he will do now, because he had only 8,000 baht, but the iPhone costs 16,000 baht. The man told me that he had borrowed from a loan shark to buy his son the iPhone, and now has to pay back 300 baht per day in repayments.

After I listened to the story of my dear fellow, I felt depressed by the attitude of Thai children, and a son who will lie to his father just to get an iPhone.

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