Media time vs active time

Leisure time among the youth in disadvantaged community

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The present study aims to explore how the youth in the disadvantaged community spend their leisure hours. 'Leisure hours' is defined as the waking hours when a person is neither in school nor at work. Data for this study was collected through a set of questionnaire to 695 respondents, who were15 to 25 years old and were living in high-rise low income apartments in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The finding indicates that the youth spent more time with different types of media than the time they spent in physical activities such as sports and games, or by participating in community work, cultural activities or programmes of uniform bodies. They also involved themselves in antisocial behavior, by way of smoking, playing truant, loafing, drug abusing, drinking alcohol, vandalizing and illegal racing. A cross tabulation analysis shows that abstinence from physical activities is significantly associated with truancy, drug abuse and illegal racing. High media use is significantly associated only with vandalism. Spending more time with the media is certainly a deterrent to antisocial behavior. The leisure hour activities need to be planned more systematically to inculcate positive values and thereby reduce antisocial behavior among the youth of the disadvantaged community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1088-1093
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
Volume50
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

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Keywords

  • Active times
  • Antisocial behaviors
  • Leisure hours
  • Media usage
  • Youth

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  • Engineering(all)

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