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HT Youth Survey: Here’s how India’s young fare on cheating, lying to parents, breaking rules

Parents are no longer intimidating figures for youngsters. This is particularly true in the case of Kochi and Bengaluru, where 86.9% and 86.7% respondents, respectively, confessed to spouting lies at home.

youth survey Updated: Oct 13, 2017 11:56 IST
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Most of those incapable of uttering untruths to their parents hail from Indore (71.7%) and Jaipur (53.3%).(Pradeep Gaur/Mint File Photo)

How well does the Indian youth fare when it comes to three factors: Cheating, lying to parents, and breaking rules?

To start with, around 67.9% respondents of the youth survey admitted to violating traffic laws. Now, this is not exactly an offence that can be shrugged off. Any act that endangers lives indicates lack of concern for the safety of oneself as well as others.

The states that fare the worst in terms of traffic violations are Bengaluru and Ahmedabad, at 89.8% and 89.1% respectively. Bhubaneswar, at 62%, seems better behaved.

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Parents are no longer intimidating figures for youngsters. This is particularly true in the case of Kochi and Bengaluru, where 86.9% and 86.7% respondents, respectively, confessed to spouting lies at home.

Most of those incapable of uttering untruths to their parents hail from Indore (71.7%) and Jaipur (53.3%).

Two south Indian cities topped the list again on a related matter, with 98% of the respondents from Bengaluru and 95.1% from Kochi admitting to having done things their parents wouldn’t like. Youngsters treading the straight and narrow – 71.7% from Indore and 81.7% from Jaipur – swear they have neither lied nor done anything to anger their parents.

Relationships are more complicated in urban Karnataka and Bihar, with as many as 74.5% respondents from Bengaluru and 63.3% from Patna admitting to having cheated on their partners. Bhubaneswar takes interpersonal morality to near-unrealistic levels, with as many as 95.1% claiming that they only have eyes for their sweethearts.

Single-minded in their pursuits, 92.5% youngsters from Indore and 91.2% from Pune say they wouldn’t hesitate to beg or borrow to buy something they really want.

In fact, a majority of the youth from Indian cities, except for Indore with 66% respondents, say they will not let anything get between them and the object of their desire.

Gaining the approval of friends is also very important for the young, although respondents of the October 11 Youth Survey on anxiety said they did not get too anxious or worked up about relationships with peers.

As many as 91.7% youngsters in Lucknow, followed by 88.7% in Indore and 88.3% in Patna, said they would do “anything” for their friends. Around 40.8% respondents from Kolkata and 38.3% from Jaipur said they were not overly bothered about keeping their friends ones happy.

When it comes to following one’s own interests, 88.2% respondents from both Delhi and Kolkata said they would pull out all stops to attain something that “benefits them”. However, about 34% from Indore said they would rather exercise prudence.

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Survey Methodology: India Youth Survey 2017 was carried out by MaRS Monitoring and Research Systems in 16 state capitals and major towns in India- Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, and Chandigarh in the north, Kolkata, Patna, Bhubaneswar and Ranchi in the East, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune and Indore in the West, and Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kochi in the South.

Target respondents were both male and female from age groups 18-21 years and 22-25 years, belonging to households with durable ownership of CTV, Refrigerator and at least two of: Car, Two Wheeler, Home computer/laptop, Air Conditioner and Washing machine. The respondent was either currently a student of undergraduate or above or employed with education graduate or above. Additionally the respondent was a regular user of internet on the smart phone and member of a social networking site. Total sample size was 5700, equally divided among men and women and the two age groups. Survey was carried out from July 10 to July 31, 2017.