Net blamed for eye fatigue
With more people going online, more than 70 percent of the respondents to a recent survey have complained of eye fatigue, according to government statistics released yesterday. The Research, Development and Evaluation Commission also found that 50.5 percent of respondents think their handwriting ability has worsened, while 26 percent think their social ability has declined. The survey found that the number of people using mobile devices to go online has risen steadily, increasing to 77.3 percent last year from 41.9 percent in 2009. It is estimated that 73 percent of the population went online last year, or 15.1 million, up by 320,000 from the previous year, with most of the growth among the 30 to 49 age group.
US star visits temples
Norman Reedus, an actor in the popular US zombie TV series The Walking Dead, visited temples in Taipei on Monday and received blessings for the year to come. The actor, in Taiwan to promote the latest episodes of the drama series, took time to visit the Taoist Chingfu Temple and Hsingtien Temple. “I got blessed for 2013, for a good year, so I’m super excited about that,” Reedus said. “They gave me a little pouch to take with me that I’ll keep in my pocket.” The actor also lit a lantern of illumination to pray for a bright future and took part in a “recalling the frightened soul” ceremony at the temples, Fox International Channels Taiwan said. The actor was scheduled to leave for Japan yesterday.
Workers shun gatherings
Fifty-one percent of office workers would prefer not to attend family gatherings during the Lunar New Year holiday as they do not like being bombarded with personal questions, according to an online survey released by 360d job bank yesterday. Questions about relationships, jobs and salaries were especially unpopular, the survey showed. Meanwhile, 49 percent said they do not like attending family functions because they are not close to their relatives. The Lunar New Year holiday is a chance for family members to reconnect, but raising private or sensitive issues could cause awkward situations, the 360d job bank said. The survey collected 1,017 valid responses from Jan. 5 to Jan. 15 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
Chunghwa stays mum
The nation’s largest telecommunications company, Chunghwa Telecom Co, declined yesterday to comment on a Chinese news report that it plans to build a cloud computing center in southern China in partnership with a Chinese telecoms firm. According to the China News Service report, Chunghwa Telecom and China Telecom Co have agreed to set up a cloud data processing facility in Pingtan to accommodate 4U rackmount servers. Asked about the report at a Taipei forum, Chunghwa Telecom chairman Lu Shyue-ching (呂學錦) declined to confirm it, but expressed concerns over information security. Minister without Portfolio Simon Chang (張善政), who was also at the forum on Taipei’s cloud industry, said the government knows little about the reported project. According to the news report, the investment project is expected to attract investment of 30 billion yuan (US$4.8 billion) from related industries in China and create 11,700 jobs.