With Coming of Age ceremonies being held mainly on the 14th of January this year, it is timely to look at a recent survey of these soon-to-be adults conducted by MacroMill Inc on the topic of new adults, specifically how they see their future.
Over the 20th and 21st of December 2007 516 members of the Macromill monitors who will be attending a Coming of Age ceremony in 2008 completed a private online questionnaire. The sample was split 50:50 male and female, and of course all were either 19 or 20 years old.
Freeterism seems accetable in certain circumstances to a majority of people in Q7, which was a surprise to me. Freeter is the Japanese word mashed-up from freelance and arbeiter, which is from Arbeit, the German for part time work. It basically means casual labour, flitting between jobs as frequently as from day-to-day; working for a bit, taking time off for a bit.
In Q9, with just a slender majority happy to be able to drink might indicate a significant group of under-age drinkers, and as for smoking, I think it is safe to say that there must be a lot of kids who are already nicotine addicts!
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Q7: How do you think regarding you yourself working as a freeter? (Sample size=516)
|Not bothered whether I do||10.7%||8.5%||12.8%|
|If I can’t find my hoped-for job, not bothered whether I do||8.3%||6.6%||10.1%|
|If I have other objectives, not bothered whether I do||36.4%||32.9%||39.9%|
|Don’t want to become a freeter||44.6%||51.9%||37.2%|
Q8: Do you have an ideal adult or adults (role model figure)? (Sample size=516)
|Yes (to SQ)||50.4%||45.7%||55.0%|
Q8SQ: Who is your an ideal adult (role model figure)? (Sample size=260, multiple answer)
|Boss, older person at work||10.4%||11.0%||9.9%|
|Older student at school||8.1%||6.8%||9.2%|
|Other parental family figure||7.3%||3.4%||10.6%|
Q9: What makes you happy about being, or will make you happy when you become twenty? (Sample size=516, multiple answer)
|Can drink alcohol||51.7%||45.3%||58.1%|
|I will be seen as an adult by other people||28.7%||27.9%||29.5%|
|Can get a credit card without needing parental approval||20.5%||19.8%||21.3%|
|Can get married without parental approval||13.8%||12.4%||15.1%|
|Can attend Coming of Age ceremony||11.4%||10.1%||12.8%|
|Can gamble on horses, boats, bicycles, etc||5.6%||8.1%||3.1%|
Q10: How important are the following to you? (Sample size=516)
| ||Important||Quite important||Quite unimportant||Unimportant|
|Obtain, hone skills for the future||65.1%||30.8%||2.5%||1.6%|
|Work, future work||60.1%||32.6%||6.4%||1.0%|
|Realising my dream||52.3%||37.8%||7.6%||2.3%|
|Living to enjoy the moment||52.5%||37.0%||8.7%||1.7%|
|Marriage (building a happy family)||32.9%||28.7%||23.1%||15.3%|