Friday, 19 October 2012

It’s a cry for attention, says psychiatrist

The couple who blogged about their sexploits may just be a plaintive cry for attention, said a psychiatrist.

Psychiatrist Assoc Prof Dr Andrew Mohanraj said what both Alvin Tan, 24, and Vivian Lee, 23, were engaging in was definitely not consistent with societal needs and norms.

“When they do this, it is a cry for attention. This may be to show that they are frustrated with things in life,” he said.

However, he said that how the personalities of Tan and Lee clicked with each other could have also provoked their decision to publish their sex life on the Internet.

“Maybe it is the type of personality that the both of them have. They both get a rush from scandalising and outraging others.”

However, he denied the popularity brought about by social media as being the cause for such behaviour.

“It boils down to how the family and society educate the young,” he said.

Meanwhile, a social media “activist” Christopher Tock, agreed that such behaviour would exist with or without social media tools.

He said that even with traditional media, there had been attempts by people to break the cultural taboo.

Social media could amplify a certain behaviour, especially when the participants think that they have found like-minded fans or communities, he added.

“Maybe Lee and Tan did this after seeing other couples doing the same thing. At the end of the day, they also want to be part of a group,” he said.


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