t Double Yellow's Musings: The New Drug Abuse and Statistics
The warped mind of Double Yellow craves for humor everyday. His daily dose comes from The Straits Times, The Sunday Times, Today, Channelnewsasia, etc. He also thinks that because of this preamble, this blog will never get featured in the local media. And of course, please read the Disclaimer before embarking on the journey.

Friday, May 06, 2005

The New Drug Abuse and Statistics

Did you hear about the new drug in Singapore? No, it’s not the new medicine in your doctor’s prescription. Neither is it ecstasy, heroin or cannabis. Introducing……serial teen sex !! That’s right….according to The Straits Times, serial teen sex is the new drug to hit town (see The Straits Times, “Serial sex: The new teen drug”, 7 May 2005, pp.S1-7). The articles include how a girl who is just 18 has had sex with 19 men oredi, the hazard of the internet, the ascent of the abstinence advocate and why it’s difficult to be a virgin today.

Now I am not sure if this kind of article may actually be flouting the law. Yeah…. according to me, such articles come under the rubric of solicitation. By running such a report, the paper is basically craving for responses from both conservatives and liberals. Good strategy this – write a special report on a vice in squeaky clean Singapore and you will have no problem filling your Forum pages for the next week, may be longer.

There will be one strand of ‘debate’ on whether it should be a school or the parents who should be educating the kids. There will be another on the need for law enforcement – like setting up a government agency like Central Teen Sex Bureau similar to the existing Central Narcotics Bureau. There will be more letters to the editor on how the gahmen should take into consideration public views. Probably even a committee. True Singaporeans know what works in this small island of ours – lobby urge the government to do something anything to stop the problem. As long as our national paper does not run such a story again, we can be rest assured that the problem has been adequately handled.

Although there does not seen to be accurate numbers of the number of teen sex offenders, but I cannot help but laugh at our obsession with numbers. Hands up if you have noticed how statistics get thrown at us to justify anything something. Take the case of anorexia in Singapore (see The Straits Times, “Eating disorder up sharply”, 7 May 2005, p.2). According to the article, the number of people with eating disorders has increased from 20-30 a year to 5 a week. In addition, “society has moved the BMI several notches downwards, to between 17 and 21”. In 1993, 1 percent of teenage girls suffered from anorexia but no up-to-date figures as yet. Moreover, 11 percent of patients were from the Trim and Fit program in schools. Whew! Enough oredi. I get the point the article is trying to make. But I am sure they can do better with less numbers.

Before I forget, The Straits Times finally ran the story today on the A*Star blogging saga, but I am sure it could have done better than page H14 of the Home section.

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