Family and health, not politics, are the main concerns of today’s young people

Young Greeks today believe in the family, worry about their health, count on friends and believe in love. They fear for their job prospects and put a high value on knowledge, among other traditional values. They are not generally interested in politics, seeing it as pervaded by corruption. According to a survey by ALCO for the educational group AKMI conducted last month, the institution of the family is very important for the 16-22 year-olds who were polled in Athens, Thessaloniki and Patras. It is family members that they count on and who they turn to in adversity. However, the issue that topped the list of the most important values was health (9.3 out of 10), in a world where environmental pollution, poor nutrition and stress are the causes of many illnesses. Young people also appear to be developing an awareness about the environment, with ecology and the environment scoring 7.5 on the rating scale of values, about the same as the value they put on entertainment and money. Over three-quarters of girls and two-thirds of boys say they believe in the institution of the family, a trend that increases the older they get. Girls appear more worried about health risks, with three in four expressing concern, compared to just over half of the boys. Job prospects also cause more concern among women than men to about the same extent as health, not surprising given the higher unemployment rate among young women. Just over a quarter of both sexes say they are worried about drought, the melting of the ice caps, the hole in the ozone layer and environmental pollution. Most young people (60.2 percent) get their information from television; only 11.1 percent learn news on the Internet and 10.8 percent read magazines. Nearly a third of those who took part in the survey (a sample of 1,000) could not say which current news story was the most important.

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