29 May '11, 2am
Who saw this coming? Fortune tellers report surge in business from the young seeking advice
With fortune tellers seeing more customers aged below 30, is this an indication that young people are now more passive in decision-making? Not so, said psychologist Daniel Koh of Insights Mind Centre. 'Sometimes, youths may feel desperate, confused or insecure. And so they tend to look for reassurance. When they visit fortune tellers, they may just be looking for someone to reinforce their decisions.' That sentiment is shared by National University of Singapore sociologist Tan Ern Ser, who said: 'Given that there are many unknowns, uncertainties and non-controllable circumstances in life, people are motivated to seek to reduce uncertainty and hopefully avoid a bad outcome.'