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Part 2: Outline of the Survey Results


VII. Outlook on Life

1. Lifestyle

(1) Personal fulfillment
Q46  [HAND R CARD 41] When do you feel that you are living a fulfilling life?
Please choose as many answers as you want from this card.
(MULTIPLE ANSWERS POSSIBLE)
  1. When I'm involved with something helpful for society
  2. When I devote myself to my work
  3. When I devote myself to my studies
  4. When I devote myself to sports and hobbies
  5. When I am with my family
  6. When I am with friends and companions
  7. When I am with a close friend of the opposite sex
  8. When I am by myself without being annoyed by anyone
  9. I never feel that I'm living a fulfilling life
  10. Do not know
  11. Refused

In response to questioning about when they feel their life is fulfilling, the largest percentage of Japanese youth answered "When I am with friends or companions" (74.6%). The responses that followed were, in descending order, "When I devote myself to sports and hobbies" (59.6%), "When I am with my family " (41.5%), "When I devote myself to my work" (32.8%), and "When I am with a close friend of the opposite sex" (31.3%).

Comparing the five countries, in South Korea, "When I am with friends or companions, " at 58.1%, was given most. The responses that followed were, in descending order, "When I devote myself to sports and hobbies" (41.7%), "When I devote myself to my work" (37.4%), "When I devote myself to my studies" (32.8%), "When I am with a close friend of the opposite sex" (30.8%), and "When I am with my family" (30.0%).
      In contrast, in the U.S.A. and the U.K., "When I am with my family" was the dominant response, given in the 60-69% range (U.S.A.: 67.2%; U.K.: 60.0%). The responses that followed were, in descending order, "When I am with friends or companions" (same as above: 64.7%, 45.1%), "When I am with a close friend of the opposite sex" (same as above: 39.4%, 26.8%), "When I devote myself to my work" (same as above: 35.7%, 24.6%), and "When I'm involved with something helpful for society " (same as above: 35.6%, 19.2%).
      In France, "When I am with friends or companions" was given the most, at 68.2%. The responses that followed were, in descending order, "When I am with my family" (48.8%), "When I am with a close friend of the opposite sex" (42.1%), and "When I devote myself to sports and hobbies " (37.3%).

Table 7-1-1-1: Personal fulfillment < CSV Data >
Table 7-1-1-1: Personal fulfillment

A comparison with the previous survey on Japanese youth shows that the percentages giving "When I devote myself to sports and hobbies" (50.9% in the seventh to 59.6% in the eighth), "When I am with my family" (same as above: 27.4% to 41.5%), "When I devote myself to my studies" (same as above: 16.9% to 22.0%), and "When I am by myself without being annoyed by anyone" (same as above: 13.8% to 19.8%) increased over the previous survey.

Table 7-1-1-2: Personal fulfillment (changes over the years) < CSV Data >
Table 7-1-1-2: Personal fulfillment (changes over the years)

An analysis of Japanese youth by gender difference shows that higher percentages of males than females gave "When I devote myself to sports and hobbies" (males: 67.5%; females: 52.0%) and "When I devote myself to my studies" (same as above: 25.7%, 18.5%), while a higher percentage of females gave "When I am with my family" (same as above: 31.4% to 51.3%).

Table 7-1-1-3: Personal fulfillment (by gender) < CSV Data >
Table 7-1-1-3: Personal fulfillment (by gender)

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