top 4 responses to Global Youth survey

Global Youth SpeakOut Survey Results

*Supplemental information

https://globalyouthbook.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=global%20youth%20speakout

*Photos of global youth and their homes: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.348956001796264.91437.160382763986923&type=1

*Over 55 video interviews with global youth: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGlobalyout

*The author discusses photos illustrating how global youth will impact the future

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt6aoMoQjUIU50Qny_E0LiQ

http://wp.me/p47Q76-k

*Travel descriptions: http://wp.me/p47Q76-18

*Literacy project in NW Pakistan: http://opendoorsliteracyproject.weebly.com.

 

*Eight years of emails with a Chinese SpeakOut young man: http://wp.me/p47Q76-J

 

 

Youth SpeakOut Questionnaire: The Questions, Answers and Respondents

Greetings from California. I’m writing a book that gives you and other young people around the world an opportunity to say what’s on your mind. This is your chance to be heard. Many of you have wonderful suggestions for how to make our world a better to live in, so I’m asking people age 19 and under to respond to 12 questions. I’ll compare your answers by age, gender, and location.

See global youth SpeakOut on Facebook for the questions and photos of schools and students I’ve visited on three continents. Please also forward to kids and their teachers so they can be part of the global youthbook.

Thanks, Gayle Kimball, Ph.D. gkimball@csuchico.edu

 

  1. If you could ask a question of the wisest person in the world,

what would you ask her or him about life?

  1. What bothers you in your daily life? What practice best helps you stay calm?
  2. If there was one thing you could change about adults, what

would it be?

  1. What would you like to change about yourself?
  2. What do you like to do for fun?
  3. When have you felt most loved by someone else?
  4. Why do you think you’re here on earth; what’s your purpose?
  5. On a scale of 1 to 100, how highly would you grade your

school? Why?

  1. What work would you like to do when you’re an adult?
  2. If you were the leader of your country, what changes would you make?
  3. How is your generation different from your parents’ age group?
  4. Imagine you get to write on a T-shirt going on a trip around the world. What would you want your T-mail to say to people?

What questions are missing that you’d like to answer? Your email. . . . . . .

What first name would you like used in the book to quote you?

How old are you?

 

Girl or boy?

What city and country do you live in?

Gracias! Merci! Danke! Arrigato! Chi chi!

 

         Top Four Youth Responses to 12 Global Youth SpeakOut Questions

4149 responses; 57% girls, 43% boys; 13% young (kids 12 and younger) and 87% teens. Percentages are small because of many answers. The survey frequencies are available on the book website (http://wp.me/p47Q76-2e)

 

1: What question would you ask of a wise person?

Meaning of life 22%

About the wise person 21%

Personal success 18.5%

Science and social science 11%

Death 6%

 

Girls                                                   Boys

Meaning 22%                                   Meaning 22%

About wise person 21%                 About wise person 21%

Success 18.5%                               Success 20%

Science & social science 11%     Science & social science 8%

 

Kids                                                    Teens

Meaning 26%                                   Meaning of life 24%

Success, happiness 24%             Success, happiness 23%

About wise person 20%                 About wise person 21%

Science, social science 15%        Science, social science 18%

 

The regions most likely to ask about the meaning of life:

NA (32%), W. Eur (30.5%), and India (23%), followed by 22% in C. Asia, MENA, and E. Asia

Personal success: E Asia (22%), SSA (21%), W Eur (20%).

Science: L Amer (17%), SSA (12%)

 

  1. What bothers you frequently?

School 19%

Personal issues 19% (traits, worry, stress)

Human nature 10.5%

Friends 10%

Social issues 9% (poverty, violence, inequality)

 

Girls                                                               Boys

School 19%                                                  School 19.5%

Social issues 11.5%                                              Social issues 14%

Human nature 10.5%                                 Human nature 14%

Friends 10%                                                 Friends 8%

Family 9%                                                     Family 7%

 

Social issues include poverty, inequality, violence, etc.

 

Kids                                                                Teens

Social issues 22%                                      Social issues 28%

School 20%                                                  School 19%

Friends 8%                                                   Friends 10%

 

Regions

School: Russia (37%), N Amer (24%), E Asia (23%)

Human nature: S Amer (37%), India (20%), SSA (17%)

Friends: Russia, India, C Asia each 10%

Worry about future: E Asia (10%)

 

  1. What’s one thing you’d change about adults?

Too bossy, strict, protective, should give us more freedom 15%

Arrogance 12%

Bad habits and behaviors like smoking and drinking 11%

Should be more understanding, remember their own childhoods 10.5%

 

Only 6% said they wouldn’t change anything.

 

Girls                                                   Boys

Bad behaviors 32%                                    Bad behaviors 24%

Too bossy 15%                                Too bossy 17%

More understanding 15%              More understanding 9%

Arrogance 12%                                Arrogance 7%

 

Bad behaviors includes bad habits, too serious, be kinder, too materialistic, unethical, be better parents.

Girls are more critical of adult bad behavior and want them to be more understanding.

 

Kids                                                    Teens

Bad behaviors 22%                                    Bad behaviors 21%

Bossy 22%                                       Bossy 15%

Arrogance 13%                                Arrogance 13%

Be understanding 13%                  Be understanding 13%

Kids are more likely to think of adults as bossy.

 

Regions

Too bossy: L Amer (26%), MENA (25%), C Asia (15%), SSA (12%

More understanding: MENA (17%), SSA (13%), C Asia (10.5%)

Arrogance: NA (16%), MENA (13.5%), Russia (12.5%), India (12%)

Negative traits: India (15%), NA (16%)

Bad behaviors: India (13%)

Nothing: W Eur (13%)

 

  1. What’s one thing you’d change about yourself?

Personal traits i.e., temper, lazy, be less shy and more self-esteem 49%

Appearance such as be taller or better looking 14%

Work harder and do better at school 12%

Nothing 10.5%

 

Girls                                                               Boys

Personal traits 48%                                                Personal traits 52.5%

Appearance 13%                                         Appearance 14%

School performance 12%                          School performance 10%

Nothing 10.5%                                             Nothing 7%

 

Boys are more likely to mention wanting self-esteem (5% vs. 3%) and less likely to say they wouldn’t change anything.

 

Kids                                                                Teens

Personal traits 49%                                                Personal traits 48%

Appearance 12%                                         Appearance 13%

Work harder at school 12%                       Work harder 11.5%

Nothing 10%                                                            Nothing 10.5%

 

Regions

Nothing: W Eur (32%), L Amer (20%), MENA (13%), India (12%)

Appearance: MENA (22%), L Amer (21%), SSA (16.5%), C Asia (13%), USSR     (11.5%)

Work harder in school: USSR (17.5%), E Asia and NA (15%), C Asia (12%)

 

  1. What do you like to do for fun?

Sports and other physical activities like bike riding and walking 21%

Hanging out with friends 18%

Arts, music, dancing, drama 14%

Electronic games, Internet, video, etc. 9%

 

Girls                                                               Boys

Sports 21%                                                   Friends 19%

Friends 18%                                                 Music, dance 17%

Music, dance, sing 14%                             Sports 14%

Internet, e games 9%                                 Read 8%

Internet, e-games 5%

 

Girls are more likely to mention sports, which includes bike riding and walking. Having fun with family was only mentioned by 5% of boys and 3% of girls.

 

Kids                                                    Teens

Friends 19%                                     Sports 21%

Sports 18%                                       Friends 18%

Music 16%                                        Music/dance 14%

Electronic 8%                                   Electronic 9%

Kids are more likely to mention movies and sports.

 

Regions

Hang out with friends: L Amer (41%), W Eur (31%), SSA (28%), India (24.5%), E Asia (22%), NA (19%), C Asia (18%), MENA (15%)

Sports: MENA (28%), USSR and C Asia (21%), L Amer (17%), India (13%)

Music: USSR (22%), NA (21%), C Asia (14%), MENA and W Eur (11%), India (10%)

Electronic games, Internet: SSA and India (12%), NA (11%), MENA (10%)

 

  1. When have you felt most loved?

By family: parents, activities with family, birthdays and holidays, siblings 28.5%

In difficult times, like illness 20%

Success at school or in sports 8%

Feel understood 6.5%

 

(No love is reported by 59 respondents)

 

Girls                                                   Boys

Family 29%                                       Family 29%

Difficult times 24.5%                       Difficulty 16%

Successes 8%                                Friends 8%

Friends 6.5%                                                Successes 4%

 

 

Girls are more likely to feel loved for their successes and when helped in difficult times like illness. Siblings were a main source of love for only 1% of both genders. Only 2% of boys and 3% of girls never felt loved. 7% of boys and 6% of girls always feel loved.

 

Kids                                                    Teens

Family 22%                                       Family 25%

Difficult times 22%                          Difficult times 21.5%

My successes 12.5%                     Friends 8%

Friends 7%                                       My successes 4%

Always 5%                                        Always 6%

Kids’ successes are more likely to make them feel loved.

 

Regions

Always: W Eur (24%), SSA (13%)

Difficult times: USSR (36%), India (21%), C Asia (19%), NA (13%), SSA (12%), MENA (11%)

Family: L Amer (15.5%)

Birthday and holidays: NA (16%), USSR and MENA (14%), USSR (10%)

Friends: India (12%)

Mother: L Amer (14%), India and NA (10%)

My birth: W Eur (12%)

 

  1. My life purpose

Do good works, make the world better 30%

Personal goals 21% (happiness, goals, grow, enjoy, love)

Worship God (Most often mentioned by Muslim youth) 15%

Help family or country 15%

Don’t know, no purpose 10%

 

Girls                                                   Boys

Good works 41.5%                         Good works 38%

Personal goals 19%                      Personal goals 19%

Help family or country 15%                        Help family or country 15%

Worship God 15%                           Worship God 16%

Don’t know 10%                              Don’t know 8%

 

Kids                                                    Teens

Do good 33 %                                  Do good 29%

Personal goals 18%                                   Personal goals 19%

Help family or country 16%                        Help family or country 16%

Worship God 15%                           Worship God 15%

 

Regions

Good works: E Asia (44%), NA (38%), India (36%), W Eur (34%), C Asia (30%), SSA (21%), USSR (19%), L Amer (16%)

Worship God: India (36%), SSA (30%), C Asia (15%), MENA and W. Eur (10%)

Don’t know: L Amer (27%), MENA (13%), W Eur (11%)

Help family: USSR (19%), NA (12%)

Be happy: L Amer (12%)

Do my best: L Amer (12%), W Eur (11%)

 

  1. Rate School 804 girls, 545 boys. 1265 teens, 84 kids.

91-100 25%

81-90 20%

71-80 19%

41-50 11%

 

Girls                           Boys              Kids                Teens

91-100           25%                            25%                23%                25%

81-90                         20%                            18%                23%                20%

71-80                         19%                            20%                17%                19%

41-50             11%                            13%                6%                 11%

 

Regions

91-100: W Eur and USSR (34%), SSA (31%), C Asia (25%), NA (24%), India and C Asia (20%), MENA (16%)

81-90: USSR (23%), E Asia and India (21%), MENA (20%), W Eur (15%), L Amer (12%)

71-80: MENA (22%), E Asia and W Eur (21%), C Asia (19%), India (18%), USSR (16.5%)

61-70: L Amer (18.5%), India (13%)

51-60: India (12%), MENA (10%)

41-50: L Amer (22%), MENA (13%), C Asia (11%), W Eur (10%)

 

  1. Reason for the School Rating

Good teachers 18%

The bad physical environment—bad: lack of supplies, stinky bathroom, bad food, school too small, safely issues 16%

Good academics 12%

Good physical environment 8%

 

Girls                                                   Boys

Good teachers 18%                                    Bad environment 22%

Bad environment 20%                    Good teachers 15%

Good academics 12%                   Good academics 14%

Good environment 8%                   Good environment 7.5%

 

Kids                                                    Teens

Good teachers 18%                                    Good teachers 18%

Bad environment 17%                    Bad environment 16%

Good academics 11%                   Good academics 8%

Bad teachers 7%                             Bad teachers 7%

 

Regions

Good teachers: W Eur (28%), India (25%), E Asia (23%), L Amer (22%), C Asia and SSA (18%), USSR (15%)

Bad teachers: L Amer (29%), SSA (12%)

Good academics: India (21%), E Asia (19%), SSA (14.5%), USSR (13.5%), C Asia (12%), NA (10%)

Bad academics: SSA (18%), W Eur (14%)

Good students: W Eur (14%)

Good activities: L Amer (13%)

Good environment: E Asia (13%)

Bad environment: L Amer (12%), SSA (11%), W Eur (10%)

Good environment: E Asia (13%)

 

  1. Career Goal

Medical professional 14%

Business 10%

Teacher 10%

Do good 8%

Social work, counseling 7%

 

(Be rich 1.5% and less than 1% want to be famous.)

 

Girls                                                   Boys

Medical 14%                                     Medical 14%

Business 11%                                 Teacher 12%

Teacher 10%                                                Do good 9%

Social work 7%                                Social work 8%

Do good 6%                                     Business 8%

 

Kids                                                    Teens

Medical 13%                                     Medical 15%

Business 10.5%                              Business 10%

Teacher 10%                                                Teacher 10%

Do good 9%                                     Do good 8%

 

Regions

Do good: E Asia (23%), India (11%), Craft, blue collar: L Amer (24%), MENA (12%)

Medical: MENA (20%), India (17%), NA (16%), SSA (13%), E Asia (11%), W Eur (10%)

Teacher: USSR (19%), W Eur (13%)

Business: NA (14.5%), SSA (14%), W Eur (11%), E and C Asia (10%

 

  1. Change About Government

Youth issues such as better education, recreation facilities, listen to youth, children’s rights 21%

Develop the economy, such as lower taxes and build the infrastructure including roads, power, and housing 17.5%

Help the poor 12%

Corruption 11%

Environment 9%

Peace 8%

 

Girls                                                               Boys

Youth issues 21%                                       Youth issues 22%

Develop economy & infrastructure 16%   Poverty 13%

Poverty 12%                                                  Economy 10.5%

Corruption 11%                                           Corruption 10%

 

 

Kids                                                                  Teens

Youth issues 21%                                         Youth issues 21%

Economy 17%                                                Economy 18%

Poverty 13%                                                    Poverty 12%

Corruption 12%                                                       Corruption 11%

 

Regions

Corruption: USSR (28%), C Asia (20%), India (19%), E Asia (14%), NA and C Asia (11%)

Youth issues: NA (23%), L Amer (16%), SSA (11%)

Improve economy: W Europe (19%), USSR and C Asia (12%)

Children’s rights: W Eur (16.5%), L Amer (11%)

Peace: MENA (15%), India (11.5%)

Poverty: USSR (16%), SSA and E and C Asia (12%), NA (11.5%), India and W Europe (10%)

Infrastructure: India (13%)

Criminal issues: SSA (10%)

 

  1. How do you cope with stress?

Music 15%

Avoid, be alone, sleep 14.5%

Positive thinking, logic, meditate 14%

Religion 7%

Read 6%

 

Girls                                                   Boys

Music 15.5%                                     Music 19%

Avoid, be alone, sleep 14%           Avoid, alone 14%

Positive thinking, etc. 14%             Positive thinking, etc. 12%

Religion 7%                                      Religion 8%

 

 

 

Kids                                                    Teens

Music 17%                                        Music 15%

Positive thinking 14%                     Positive thinking 14%

Avoid 13%                                         Avoid 14%

Religion 7%                                      Religion 7%

 

Regions

Music: USSR (23%), L Amer (22%), SSA and NA (20%), India and C Asia (15%), E Asia (10%)

God: India (17%)

Sleep: USSR (14.5%)

Meditate: E Asia (13%), L Amer (10%)

Avoid: L Amer and W Eur (12%)

Friends: L Amer (12%)

Sports: L Amer (12%)

Positive thinking: SSA (10%)

Keep busy: W Eur (10%)

 

Comparison of North America and Other Regions

Because North Americans (NA) gave many (1740) responses, compared to 2408 from other regions, which I’ll call World, we will look at differences between the two groups in their answers to the 12 questions. The exact percentages are on the book website.[i]

Question 1: World is more than twice as likely to ask about death and the afterlife and their personal success.

2) World is more bothered by school and NA is more bothered by their friends and more stressed.

3) NA wants adults to be more understanding and less strict and know-it-all. World faults adults for bad behavior and habits.

4) World is more likely to say they should work harder at school and NA is more focused on changing their appearance than World.

5) NA is more likely to mention playing sports for fun and World is more likely to mention hanging out with friends. Watching TV was only mentioned by a few young people; they are more likely to mention reading and writing.

6) NA is more likely to feel loved by their families and girl or boyfriend. World feels more loved in difficult times than NA. Both regions are more likely to mention feeling loved by their mothers than their fathers.

7) Both regions are more likely to mention altruistic reasons for living (NA, 42%, W. 31%) than personal goals for success or happiness (NA, 26.5%, W 23%). More don’t know their purpose in NA but NA is also slightly likely to mention worshipping God.

8) World is more likely to rank their schools as excellent, but otherwise the regions were similar in their ranking. 9) The criteria for how they ranked their schools are also similar, but with World more likely to mention good academics and a bad environment, and NA more likely to criticize too many school rules.

10) The most popular career choice is medical professional, more so in NA. World is more likely to say they want to help in their future careers (16% vs. 4%). Less than one percent of all the respondents said they wanted to be rich or a housewife.

11) NA is more concerned about the economy and taxes, peace and the environment, while World is more concerned about youth issues like education, poverty, and corruption.

12) NA is more likely to cope with stress by changing attitude, while World is more likely than NA to turn to spirituality and entertainment.

 

[i] https://globalyouthbook.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/comparing-nort…t-of-the-world/

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