Casey ATX wrote:Honestly this thread sort of horrifies me. I'm so glad that when I was a teenager, I had the presence of mind to not be enslaved by this obsession with sex.
But then again, you only live once. What, I wonder, is the OP supposed to take home from Taiwan's world-class educational system? And I don't see why cultural exchange must of necessity exclude the exchange of bodily fluids. Is it somehow better to be enslaved by an obsession with exams and a lifetime of fluorescent-lit blue cubicles?
A little classic R.L.Stephenson to put things in perspective:
An Apology for Idlers
It is surely beyond a doubt that people should be a good deal idle in youth. For though here and there a Lord Macaulay may escape from school honours with all his wits about him, most boys pay so dear for their medals that they never afterwards have a shot in their locker, and begin the world bankrupt. And the same holds true during all the time a lad is educating himself, or suffering others to educate him. It must have been a very foolish old gentleman who addressed Johnson at Oxford in these words: "Young man, ply your book diligently now, and acquire a stock of knowledge; for when years come upon you, you will find that poring upon books will be but an irksome task."
The old gentleman seems to have been unaware that many other things besides reading grow irksome, and not a few become impossible, by the time a man has to use spectacles and cannot walk without a stick. Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life. It seems a pity to sit, like the Lady of Shalott, peering into a mirror, with your back turned on all the bustle and glamour of reality. And if a man reads very hard, as the old anecdote reminds us, he will have little time for thought.
The OP, assuming he is real, doesn't appear to be either an asshole or an idiot, so what difference does it make if he keeps in it his pants until he's 18, or 21, or 45, or whatever the US-government approved age is?