Loneliness, economic pressure bother Chinese youths

09:58, August 12, 2010      

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About 50 percent of people suffer from low living satisfaction and the main pressures come from economic problems such as purchasing a home, supporting kids and family pressure, according to a survey result published on Aug. 8.

With modernization, more and more people have swarmed into big cities. Although communication tools are becoming diverse, such as mobile phones and Internet, the psychological distance between people has become greater.

According to the survey, more than 90 percent of people feel lonely and 47 percent of interviewees said their living satisfaction is low.

The survey was initiated by a magazine in China and the result was published on the first China International Conference on Positive Psychology held by Tsinghua University and the Ministry of Education. Even 19 percent of interviewees feel very unsatisfied with their life. People in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen feel the biggest pressures.

The pressure mainly comes from economic problems, career promotions and interpersonal relationships. The most obvious problem caused by pressure is declining sleeping quality. However, more than 75 percent of interviewees do not know how to release their pressure and adjust themselves.

According to Peng Kaiping, the director of the Psychology Department in Tsinghua University and a tenured professor at the University of California Berkeley, the results seem to be polarizing. With China entering a post-industrial age and the per capita GDP reaching and surpassing 3,000 U.S. dollars, more and more people will catch the "modern illness," such as loneliness and pressure.

Most Chinese youths cannot afford a house and their kids find it difficult to enter high standard schools. These are serious social problems.

The word "Piao," a Chinese character that means striving in big cities far from one’s hometown, will cause psychological harm. Whenever young people have a sense of belonging, they will have more sense of security, moral self-discipline and happiness.

By Wang Qianyuanxue, People's Daily Online

(Editor:王千原雪)

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