New adults consider what is time

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what is a waste of time?With today being Japan’s Coming of Age Day – 成人の日, seijin no hi – Seiko (the watch people, as a watch is a popular present for these new adults from their parents) published a survey of soon-to-be adults to see what their views were regarding time. They questioned 517 people, 258 male, 259 female, in the middle of November last year. The demographics were almost exclusively students, numbering 89.6% of the total, with 3.5% part-timers or other temporary staff, just 1.8% in full-time employment, 0.4% self-employed, and 1.0% full-time housewives.

On the TV today, there was the usual coverage of the various Coming of Age Ceremonies, but the one I always find the strangest is the new tradition of spending it at Tokyo Disneyland, where it seems people are not celebrating their last chance at being a child by dancing with Mickey and Minnie, but are instead just continuing their relationship with Disney. Interviews with the participants afterwards always shows a child-like wonder at having touched Mickey and Minnie, the sort of reaction I would associate with a ten-year-old, not a twenty-year-old!

Q1: Spending what sort of time do you think is “mottainai” (what a waste!) time? (Free answer)

Oversleeping 35.8%
Dragging things out 25.5%
Getting from place to place 5.2%
On the internet 4.6%
Watching the TV 3.3%
Being in class 2.3%
When I can’t be bothered doing anything 1.9%
Waiting for things 1.7%
Playing computer games 1.5%

Q2: This year, when did you most feel time was too short? (Free answer)

  All Male Female
Time playing with friends 13.0% 14.0% 12.0%
Time spent with lover 10.1% 9.7% 10.8%
Time spent studying, writing essays, etc 10.1% 9.3% 10.8%
Time spent sleeping 6.4% 7.8% 5.0%
Time spent working 5.4% 4.7% 6.2%
Time spent on holiday 5.2% 2.7% 7.7%
Time spent in exams 3.9% 5.0% 2.7%
Time attending concerts 3.7% 1.9% 5.4%
Time spent on computer games 2.7% 3.1% 2.3%
Time spent on PC or internet 2.7% 3.1% 2.3%

Q3: Who do you think is the top man and woman of the moment? (Free answer)

Man of the moment

  All Male Female
Lazer Ramon HG (fuu!) 18.0% 18.6% 17.4%
Junichiro Koizumi 14.3% 15.1% 13.5%
Takafumi Horie 7.0% 8.5% 5.4%
Mocomichi Hayami 5.0% 1.6% 8.5%
Hiroshi Mikitani 3.7% 4.3% 3.1%
Satoshi Tsumabuki 3.7% 2.7% 4.6%
Bobby Valentine 3.3% 3.9% 2.7%
Kazuya Kamenashi 1.7% 1.2% 2.3%
Ichiro 1.7% 2.7% 0.8%
Taizo Sugimura 1.7% 2.3% 1.2%

Woman of the moment

  All Male Female
Misaki Ito 13.9% 11.6% 16.2%
Ai Miyasato 6.8% 7.8% 5.8%
Kumi Koda 4.8% 3.5% 6.2%
Aya Ueto 4.6% 5.4% 3.9%
Yukie Nakama 4.3% 3.5% 5.0%
Masami Nagasawa 2.9% .9% 1.9%
Kazuko Hosoki 2.7% 3.9% 1.5%
Mika Nakashima 2.5% 1.6% 3.5%
Moe Yamaguchi 2.5% 2.7% 2.3%
Kuniko Inoguchi 2.3% 3.1% 1.5%
Sayaka Aoki 2.3% 2.3% 2.3%

Q4: If your life were a 42.195 kilometre marathon, where are you now? (Free answer, rounded for presentation)

  All Male Female
0 kilometres 8.1% 11.2% 5.0%
5 kilometres 11.4% 12.4% 10.4%
10 kilometres 32.3% 27.9% 36.7%
15 kilometres 6.6% 7.0% 6.2%
20 kilometres 6.2% 7.8% 4.6%

Q5: Mentally, how old do you feel? (Free answer)

Male Age Percentage Female Age Percentage
20 16.3% 17 13.1%
15 9.7% 18 12.0%
25 8.9% 15 8.1%
30 8.9% 20 8.1%
17 8.1% 25 8.1%
    19 7.7%

Q6: How would you describe yourself as a ____ man (or woman)? (Free answer, grouped into types)

Type of person Percentage Sample answers
Hobbyist 37.5% Convenience store woman; udon man; PC man; Disney woman; car woman; appetite woman
Reflective 35.8% Moratorium man; empty-headed man; failure woman; metronome man; electromagnetic wave woman (!?)
Forward-looking 18.2% Starting out man; happy woman; turning the tables man; effort man; celebrity woman
Nothing in particular 3.3%  
Other 5.2% Girly man; bowing man; slipped disk woman
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