Random attacks point to youth alienation, loneliness: experts

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/07/21
By: Chen Chih-chung, Chen Ching-fang and Christie Chen

Taipei, July 21 (CNA) The two random attacks that occurred in Taiwan on Monday are 9768375products of isolation, alienation and loneliness suffered by young people in today’s society, experts in the country said Tuesday.

Young people are prone to feeling lonely and not being understood, and they can easily seek the wrong outlets to release their emotions, said Lin Lien-chang (林聯章), chief executive officer of Teacher Chang Foundation, one of the largest counseling groups in Taiwan.

The lack of face-to-face interaction in the Internet age may also intensify people’s sense of isolation, Lin said.

A 27-year-old man wielded a knife in a random attack that wounded four people at Taipei’s Mass Rapid Transit system on Monday. That same day, a 15-year-old junior high school student attacked a man and a woman on the streets of New Taipei, also with a knife.     [FULL  STORY]

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