Over half of Chinese perform public services in spare time

08:51, October 14, 2010      

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Nearly 58 percent of Chinese people said they have performed public services in their leisure time.

More and more Chinese people, especially the urban youth, are beginning to take up public service activities in their spare time for personal happiness, according to a nationwide survey on the forms of recreation for Chinese people jointly conducted by the Insight China magazine and Tsinghua Media Survey Lab in September 2010.

More than 34 percent of respondents are in eastern China, nearly 33 percent are in the country's central regions and nearly 33 percent are in western regions. A formula for error estimation was used to estimate the survey data, and the margin of error for this survey was limited to 3.2 percent thanks to a 95 percent confidence level.

According to the survey, more than half of the respondents have participated in public service activities in their leisure time. For example, they have carried garbage bags with themselves during outdoor activities or sightseeing tours, thrown litter in public places into the bags, taken care of injured animals they encountered and helped people in need.

In addition, they have also done volunteer work on weekends to help others while relaxing themselves. These new forms of recreation that combine recreation with public services have attracted wide attention, and about 90 percent of respondents said that they are willing to spend their leisure time doing public services.

The survey shows that people now have a deeper understanding of recreation. More than 90 percent of respondents think that recreation refers to the refreshment of one's mind and body in his or her spare time. Only very few equate recreation with rest or play.

Respondents believe that by doing public services during leisure time, people can develop a more positive attitude toward life, learn to be grateful for others' help and discover how to look at the world from a new perspective.

They say they gain life experience and make contributions to society through their efforts. In addition, the combination of recreation and public services has brought much fun to participants.

By People's Daily Online

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