1990s youth a new breed

09:02, May 11, 2010      

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The results of a survey on some 300 Chineseyouths born in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s show a measured distance in their attitudes toward work, consumption and love.

The study was carried out by Guangzhou Committee, Communist Youth League of China, to honor Youth Day on May 4.

Questionnaires given to 100 subjects from each of the three generations revealed each had contrasting thoughts on the issues.

Liu Haijian, one of the organizers of the survey, said that in recent years, reports from the Internet and newspapers have labeled youth from the 1970s, 80s and 90s with certain habits, but there has been a lack of comprehensive research.

"Our survey, though not large-scale, gives an angle for families, enterprises and schools to better understand the difference between the three youth groups and offers a guide for conduct and growth," Liu said.

Work: responsibility vs efficiency

The survey shows that 56 percent from the 1970s generation always defer to their boss, and 71 percent usually bring tasks home from work, while 48 percent don't mind working during holidays, even without pay.

Wu Guohua, 37, a secretary with the applied technology department at Fujian Normal University, said that he did not oppose overtime.

He said he even proactively applies for it.

"It embodies your enthusiasm to your work and your sense of responsibility," he said.

But among the 1980s group, as many as 67 percent oppose overtime.

Xue Lei, 27, an employee at a Beijing-based architecture company said, in contrast to colleagues born in the 70s in her company, when the boss asks the younger ones to do overtime, their first reaction is to fudge an excuse to escape.

"Overtime means you did not finish your task within the normal work time. It is not a healthy working style or worthy of promotion. Instead, those have to do overtime should more or less feel ashamed," she said.

Consumption: deposit vs splurge

According to the survey, 65 percent of the 1970s sample group are accustomed to saving their money while more than half from the 1980s segment admit they are yueguangzu (people who spend all their earnings by the end of every month), and more than 80 percent of the 1990s generation spend most of their pocket money on shopping online.

With little savings or support from parents, the 1980s set is also exposed to the heaviest economic burden including car and house loan repayments.

Xue told the Global Times that the house they bought this year cost most of their families' money, and she and her husband must pay 3,500 yuan ($ 512) a month for the mortgage over the next 20 years. "Both of us suffer from heavy pressure," she added.

The 1980s group like to splurge, with 57 percent of them using any bonus earned to travel on vacations.

Conflicts between Lin Mingli, 28 and her husband Zhang Xiaohui, 35, are mostly on how to deal with their wealth.

"She spends nearly all her salary on clothes and cosmetics without thinking twice," said Zhang. "But she always says I never treat myself and the money we earn should be spent however we like."

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