Survey: Half of Chinese students plagiarize, view porn

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More than 53 percent of students admit that they have copied a thesis and 38 percent believe such plagiarism is a type of academic corruption, according to a survey on Internet ethics conducted by the Communication University of China.

The survey also shows that about 54 percent of students often or occasionally skim over pornographic Web sites, including 4 percent who are regular visitors of such Web sites. Students who never skim pornographic Web sites account for 46 percent and 74 percent have never taken part in "human flesh searches, " a Chinese term for a type of online lynch mob.

Those who clearly support human flesh search account for 16 percent. Furthermore, 80 percent of students seldom insult others with rude remarks and 6 percent rarely control the words they use online.

The 500 valid survey questionnaires show that over 50 percent have never or rarely gone beyond the moral limit on the Internet. Unethical activities online are mainly concentrated on uncivilized Internet language and plagiarism.

During the survey, the research results for college students skimming pornographic Web sites are that it is natural to skim the Internet moderately, abnormal to skim excessively and the regulation should be applied based on the classification of such Web sites. The conclusion for human flesh searches is that most of the students are not interested in such gossip and speculation.

In addition, the conclusion for abuse of rude remarks on the Internet is that it depends on specific circumstances, the conclusion for copying theses is that the proportion of copied theses are not high or low and there are less individual characteristics in the theses.

All data show that major Internet-related morality problems only exist among very few college students, with an average of lower than 5 percent. Most of the students have certain self-identification and self-evaluation abilities on Internet-related behaviors and a few are degenerated in their Internet-related behaviors.

Taking college students skimming pornographic Web sites that were highly exposed by the media as an example, most students still largely follow traditional ethical self-discipline and people should not indulge in vulgar taste, according to the survey.

Most surveyed college students think they have a sound mentality and a good sexual morality on the Internet. Some students expressed that under an imperfect sexual education system, those with strong curiosity have to explore sex by themselves.

By People's Daily Online

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