Belgian youngsters are materialistic but faithful

30th May 2008, Comments 0 comments

A survey by the radio station polled 1,762 youngsters aged between 12 and 24 and found that young people are materialistic and spend a lot of time on the internet.

30 May 2008

BELGIUM - Young people today are materialistic, spend a lot of time on the internet and are extremely faithful, a survey by the VRT’s radio station Studio Brussels has revealed.

The radio station questioned 1,762 youngsters between the age of 12 and 24.

The current generation of young people is more mollycoddled than any other before them.

About 87 percent have their own computers, 69 percent own a laptop and 48 percent of the youngsters questioned say they have a game console.

Smaller items such as mp3 players, iPods and mobile phones have also become everyday commodities.

As any parent would know, youngsters spend a lot of time on the internet. About 86 percent do so on a daily basis and spend most of their time chatting. About 59 percent use the internet as their main source of information.

Money can’t buy love

Young people today are extremely materialistic but don’t see any harm in that. They openly dream of a big house, children, a relationship and exotic holidays in far-away countries.

Still, many of them have seen their parents divorce and realise that money can’t buy everything. Love, for instance, or friendship, trust and loyalty. Standards and values are important in life, and so is genuineness, they say.

The overall conclusion of the survey is that young people feel good about themselves. They have high hopes for the future but they are not naïve and know they’ll have to work hard to make it happen.

Sociologists explain their sense of realism by the fact that this generation is not only pampered but also well surrounded. In this sense, the current generation of youngsters is probably happier than any other before them.

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