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Part 2: Outline of the Survey Results


IV. Community and Volunteering

2. Free time

(1) Way of spending your day off
Q26  [HAND R CARD 26] How do you usually spend your weekends and days off?
Please choose as many answers from this list as apply.
(MULTIPLE ANSWERS POSSIBLE)
  1. Doing nothing in particular, just taking it easy, hanging around
  2. Relaxing: watching television, reading magazines
  3. With my friends
  4. With my boyfriend or girlfriend
  5. With members of my family
  6. Reading books, listening to music
  7. Playing a musical instrument
  8. Enjoying hobbies, such as gardening, handicrafts, cooking, making things
  9. Shopping, going to malls, etc.
  10. Going to movies, plays, concerts, museums or sports events
  11. Playing sports
  12. Hiking or walking, driving, taking short trips
  13. Participating in religious or volunteer activities
  14. Playing games, such as cards, board games, video games, etc.
  15. Going to karaoke, pinball games or game centers
  16. Spend time at PC or use the Internet
  17. Study
  18. Other (specifically,                                                     )
  19. Do not know
  20. Refused

Given by Japanese youth most as their way of spending days off was "With my friends, " at 64.1%. The responses that followed were, in descending order, "Relaxing: watching television, reading magazines" (52.4%), "Shopping, going to malls, etc." (37.1%), "Doing nothing in particular, just taking it easy, hanging around" (32.9%), "Reading books, listening to music" (32.9%), "With members of my family" (31.9%), "Spend time at PC or use the Internet " (31.8%), "Going to movies, plays, concerts, museums or sports events" (29.8%), and "With my boyfriend or girlfriend" (28.2%).

Comparing the five countries, similar to Japan, in the other four countries as well "With my friends" was given most ( South Korea : 66.3%; U.S.A. : 63.2%; U.K. : 61.8%; France: 72.6%). In South Korea, the responses that followed were, in descending order, "Spend time at PC or use the Internet" (55.6%), "Relaxing: watching television, reading magazines" (43.0%), and "Going to movies, plays, concerts, museums or sports events" (40.7%).
      In the U.S.A., the responses that followed were, in descending order, "Doing nothing in particular, just taking it easy, hanging around" (52.1%), "Relaxing: watching television, reading magazines" (49.2%), "With members of my family" (47.1%), "With my boyfriend or girlfriend" (42.0%), "Going to movies, plays, concerts, museums or sports events" (39.7%), "Shopping, going to malls, etc." (39.2%), and "Spend time at PC or use the Internet" (39.1%).
      In the U.K., the responses that followed were, in descending order, "Relaxing: watching television, reading magazines" (46.6%), "Shopping, going to malls, etc." (41.0%), "With members of my family" (40.8%), and "With my boyfriend or girlfriend" (36.7%).
      In France, the responses that followed were all given in the 40-49% range: "Spend time at PC or use the Internet" (47.5%), "With my boyfriend or girlfriend" (46.1%), "With members of my family" (42.1%), and "Reading books, listening to music" (41.9%).

Table 4-2-1-1: Way of spending your day off < CSV Data >
Table 4-2-1-1: Way of spending your day off

A comparison with the previous survey on Japanese youth shows that the percentages of those giving the responses "Shopping, going to malls, etc." (32.6% in the seventh to 37.1% in the eighth), "Reading books, listening to music" (same as above: 27.7% to 32.9%), "With members of my family" (same as above: 25.8% to 31.9%), "Spend time at PC or use the Internet " (same as above: 18.0% to 31.8%), "Going to movies, plays, concerts, museums or sports events" (same as above: 23.9% to 29.8%), "Going to karaoke, pinball games or game centers" (same as above: 16.3% to 20.9%), and "Study" (same as above: 10.5% to 17.8%) all increased over the previous survey.

Table 4-2-1-2: Way of spending your day off (changes over the years) < CSV Data >
Table 4-2-1-2: Way of spending your day off (changes over the years)

An analysis of Japanese youth by gender difference shows that higher percentages of females than males gave "Shopping, going to malls, etc." (males: 25.8%; females: 48.0%) and "With members of my family" (same as above: 20.6%, 42.9%), while higher percentages of males gave "Playing sports" (same as above: 29.9%, 11.4%) and "Playing games, such as cards, board games, video games, etc." (same as above: 14.7%, 5.6%).

Table 4-2-1-3: Way of spending your day off (by gender) < CSV Data >
Table 4-2-1-3: Way of spending your day off (by gender)

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