Comparing North American Youth with the Rest of the World

Regional Differences

 

To look at regional differences, the top responses are listed when more than 10% of the region named that category. The regions are: Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Western Europe and Australia and New Zealand (W. Eur), former USSR (USSR), Indian subcontinent includes Pakistan (India), East Asia (E Asia), Latin and Central America (L Amer), North America (NA, 1740 responses) and total without NA (W for World, 2408 responses). Asterisk * indicates differences in NA and W responses. Percentages are small because there were many answers.

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 listed below.

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 worshiping 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.

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

 

Question 1. What would you ask the wisest person?

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%)

 

*Death: W 20.5%, NA 10%

*Personal success: W 23%, NA 9%,

About the wise person: World 21%, NA 19%,

Meaning of life: NA 22%, W 22%

 

  1. What bothers you often?

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

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

Friends: USSR, India, C Asia each 10%

Worry about future: E Asia (10%)

 

*School W 23%, NA 13%,

*Friends: NA 13%, W 8%

*Stress: NA 10%, W 4%

Human nature: 11%, W 10%

 

  1. Change about adults

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%), USSR (12.5%), India (12%)

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

Bad behaviors: India (13%)

Nothing: W Eur (13%)

 

*Too bossy: NA, 25%, W, 9%

*More understanding: NA, 17%, W 7%

*Bad habits and behavior: W, 16%, NA, 3%

Arrogance: NA, 13.5%, W, 11%

Nothing: NA, 9%, W, 4%

 

  1. Change about self

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%)

 

*Work harder at school: W, 13%, NA, 4%

*Appearance: NA, 22%, W, 9%

Personality traits: W, 50%, NA, 43%

Nothing: NA, 13%, W 9%

 

  1. Do for fun

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%)

 

*Sports: NA, 28%, W, 15%

Friends: W, 20%, NA, 15%,

Music, Dancing: W, 17%, NA, 11%

Electronic play: NA, 10%, W, 8%

Movies: NA, 6%, W 2.5%

Reading & writing: NA, 6%, W, 6%

TV: W, 4%, NA, 0.6%

 

  1. Feel loved

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%)

Friends: India (12%)

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

My birth: W Eur (12%)

 

*Family: NA, 35.5%, W, 24% (more love from mother than father (NA 10% vs. 2%, W 5% vs. 1%)

*Difficult times: W, 21%, NA, 11%

*Boy/girlfriend: NA, 10%, W, 3%

Friends: W, 7%, NA, 5%

 

  1. Life purpose

Good works: E Asia (44%), NA (38%), India (36%), W Eur (34%), C Asia (30%), SSA (21%), E Eur (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: E Eur (19%), NA (12%)

Be happy: L Amer (12%)

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

 

Good works: NA, 42%, W. 31%

*Don’t know: NA, 17%, W, 9%

*Help parents and country: W, 16%, NA, 4%

Personal goals: NA, 26.5%, W 23%

Religion: W, 15%, NA 10%

 

  1. Rate school

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%)

 

 

91-100: W, 28%, NA, 16%

81-90: NA, 20%, W 20%

71-80: NA, 22%, W, 18%

61-70: W, 10%, NA, 6%

51-60: NA, 10 %, W, 6%

41-50: NA, 13%,W, 11%

 

  1. Reason for school rating

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%)

 

*Good academics: W, 14%, NA, 6%

*Bad environment: W, 18%, NA 9%

*Too many rules: NA, 8%, W, 2%

 

 

Good teachers: NA, 20%, W, 18%

Good environment: W, 9%, NA, 9%

Bad students: NA, 8%, W, 6%

 

  1. Career goal

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%)

 

*Medical professional: NA, 20%, W, 13%

*Do good, social work: W, 16%, NA, 4%

Business: W, 10%, NA, 4%

Blue collar, craft: NA, 12%, W, 6%

Entertainer & athlete: NA, 14%, W, 9%

Teacher: W, 10.5%, NA, 5%,

 

Be rich: NA, 0.5%, W, 0.1%

Housewife: NA, 0.5%, W, 0.1%

 

  1. Change about government

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

Youth issues like education: 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%)

 

*Develop the economy or change taxes: NA, 21%, W, 11%

*Youth issues like education: W, 21%, NA, 11%

*Environment: NA, 13%, W, 8%

*Peace: NA, 15%, W, 7.5%

Infrastructure: W, 6%, NA, 1%

Corruption: W, 12%,

Poverty: W, 13%, NA, 5%

 

  1. Cope with stress

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%)

 

*Change attitude: NA, 27%, W, 15%

*Spirituality: W, 16.5%, NA, 7%

*Entertainment: W, 19%, NA, 8%

Take action: NA, 15%, W, 14%

Exercise: NA, 25%, W., 23%

Social support: NA, 16%, W, 13%

 

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