Facebook addiction detrimental to valuable cultural practices

Dear Editor,

As a native Ni-Vanuatu citizen, I wish to appeal to the Government and Malvatumauri Council of chiefs to take up an active participative regular awareness over the use of social media particularly, Facebook.

As stated by one of our former Minister, “Ol generation blo today, hemi ol generation blo lukluk down”!

Today as you can see around our different societies in Vanuatu, teenagers and youth spend most of their valuable time with their smartphones to access Facebook, playing games, and access other social media apps.

The present era of technology has changed the attitude and behavior of Vanuatu Teenagers and youth compare to the past, and it results to many social problems in our societies.

These behaviors defeat the purpose of our preamble, that is cherish or cultural diversity and traditional Melanesian values and Christian principles. Our cultural norms such as sitting with our parents for family talk, and listening to cultural and historical stories and a frequent ‘Storian tuketa’ in our various Nakamal time has been replaced by the high use of smartphones and social media.

Given that, I am suggesting that our Government should work closely with the internet providers, Malvatumauri and the communities to train and teach its users especially teenagers and youth to understand the causes and effect, in order to make right choices in life and also to reduce disrespectful attitudes.

A Concerned Citizen

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