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Survey reveals youth attitudes on values

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12:53 pm
May 5, 2010


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A survey of three generations of youth has
shown a gulf in the attitudes of those born after 70s, 80s and 90s.

People
born after this time frame in Guangzhou, capital of south China's
Guangdong province, recently received an exploratory survey conducted by
the city's Youth League Committee and were questioned about their
outlook on love, consumer behavior, and values on work and public
service, Guangzhou Daily reported.

It terms of consumer behavior,
65 percent of post-70s billed themselves as bank-aholic preferring to
save money. 70 percent of post-80s admitted that they were month-ending
people, using up all their salaries or earnings by the end of every
month. Post-90s were addicted to online shopping, holding a belief that
they can buy almost anything on the Internet.

Among the three
groups, the post-80s felt more economic pressure. Facing soaring
property prices, outstanding credit cards debts and the pressure of
raising children, many Chinese white-collar workers feel over-fatigued
every day and in poor health.

66 percent spend a large amount of
their salary to pay down on a car loan or house loan, and interestingly,
57 percent were pleasure-seeker who like to spend bonuses on tourist
sites.

35-year-old Zhang Xiaohui was a civil servant and always
argued with his wife about money.

"She buys every tiny article of
daily use online, from an air conditioner to a small bar of soap," He
complained. "I even think she is affected with obsessive-compulsive
disorder of on-line shopping."

The survey found that as many as
67 percent of post-80s claimed that they would never work overtime.

Benny
is a clerk of a foreign-invested enterprise. She made a simple
calculation to "just divide our monthly salary by working hours. We
often forgot that many of us work more than just the regular hours. It's
easy to stay half an hour or an hour late per day. Not to mention the
crunch times at the end of projects. We work overtime. And for most of
us that time is not compensated in money."

She can't understand
why some post-70s colleagues bore the hardship without complaining but a
simple "No problem".

Post-70s, on the contrary, tended to make
the utmost possible effort to work well and obey the rule from their
boss, showing their sense of duty and community.

When it came to
love or marriage, post-90s and 80s appeared indifferent and prefer to
pursue real feelings than marriage. 51 percent of post-90s said it's
good to have their first kiss during their secondary school days and 61
percent of post-80s deemed that it was always a good idea to hold a
ceremony for getting divorced as well.

30-year-old Mrs Wang was
determined to end her one-year-and-seven-month marriage.

"My
parents got into silly scrapes of unhappy marriage because they stuck to
fogeyish traditions, such as civil union like their parents and next
generation," she said.

But a 38-year-old surnamed Zhang did not
agree "You shouldn't regard such an important and sacred union as a
trifling matter," he disproved her idea that people cared for their
aging parents while supporting their own children, so they should take
responsibility for both of them and never think about divorce.

The
survey discovered that compared to the other groups, post-70s were less
fond of public service but strongly wanted their children to get into
that.

As many as 51 percent of post-80s showed more enthusiasm on
service of intangible cultural heritage and helping the aged and
disabled while post-90s were more apt to make donations.


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