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HT Youth Survey: Indian women still want parents to pick life partner

HT Youth Survey 2017 explores how young Indian men and women differ in their approach to sex and marriage.

youth-survey Updated: Oct 13, 2017 09:31 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Mrinalini Arora and Prateek Sarpal are both young professionals, but their attitudes are different when it comes to finding a life partner.
Mrinalini Arora and Prateek Sarpal are both young professionals, but their attitudes are different when it comes to finding a life partner. (Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)

More women (46%) than men (44.1%) prefer their life partner to be selected by their parents.

Women (68.4%) are also more keen to have religious rituals at their weddings than men (66.4%).

Interestingly more women (14.9%) seem to think there is nothing wrong in watching pornography than men (13.9%). They at 14.5% are however not as eager to use sex toys as against 16.1% men.

Most women (73.5%) are against premarital sex as against 70.6% men. The former (63%) is, however, likely to be less judgmental than 58.1% men when they see a boy and girl together in a restaurant.

As for children, even though 69% Indian youth disagree that a couple should have at least one male child, more men (31%) than women (30%) want boys.

As for religious bias, 53% women say they do not have good friends from another religion as compared to 50.5% men. Men at 37.3% are however more open to inter-caste marriage than women (36.5%).

About 60.9% women also don’t like the idea of men helping them in the kitchen. Men (31%) are more eager to have a male child than women (30%).

Women also appear to be more conservative with only 21.6% saying they don’t mind being in a live-in relationship as compared to 24.5% men.

Even when it comes to love, 73.5% women, as against 70.6% men, disapprove premarital sex even if partners are in love.

They’re also, at 56.1% less likely than 58.1% men to have good friends from the opposite sex .

Both men and women seem to be on the same page, however, when it comes to the drinking age, with more than 78% of both saying it should be the same as the voting age.

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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.

First Published: Oct 12, 2017 10:48 IST