World Bulletin/News Desk
Young people in Turkey are mainly happy, according to 2012 data from the national statistics and survey body the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat), but they were slightly happier in 2011.
According to TurkStat figures based on a survey among young people in Turkey, 69.6 percent of respondents had said they were “happy” in 2011, but this number fell to 64.6 in 2012. Only 5.4 percent of Turkish youth described themselves as “unhappy” in 2011, and this figure rose to 9.4 percent in 2012.
The survey, conducted among people aged 15 to 24 as well as a second group of respondents over 25 (adults), found that 83.2 percent of young males had high hopes about the future in 2012, while this figure for women was 84.2. The survey found that the rate of hopefulness seemed to fall as the respondents got older.
Slightly more than 53 percent of the adults surveyed said family life is important, while this figure was 50.9 percent for young people.
TurkStat's figures found that as of the end of 2012, the workforce participation rate of young people was 38.2 percent and youth unemployment was 17.5 percent. The survey was conducted as part of events to mark May 19, Atatürk Commemoration and Youth and Sports Day.
The rate of youth unemployment in 2012 was 16.3 for males and 19.9 percent for women.
Thirty-five percent of Turkey's youth aged 18 to 22 were attending a higher education institution in 2012. The survey found that there were more young men (62.5 percent) in two-year higher educational institutions, which are usually vocational schools, in 2012 while there more young women (62.5 percent) were attending distance education programs.
The survey also found interesting facts about marriage trends. Of the younger generation in Turkey, 14.2 percent is married. However, there is a major difference in terms of gender behind this average. Although this figure is 5.5 percent for young men, it is as high as 23.2 percent of young women. The survey also found that the marriage rate of young people is decreasing in comparison with past years. According to the averages, the age of first marriage for men is 26.7 for men but is as low as 23.5 for women.
Women not only marry at an early age but also become victims of domestic violence at an early age. TurkStat data found that 13.7 percent of all women have been subjected to physical or sexual violence by a husband or cohabitating partner, while this figure stood at 21.3 percent for young women.
The survey also found that the most common issue parents have with their children is the child's choice of friends, followed by choice of clothing, eating habits and orderliness. Spending and consumption habits were also not insignificant points of conflict in Turkish households in 2012.
The survey found that 14.8 percent of Turkish youth are overweight, according to body mass index (BMI) calculations. Data shows that 69.2 percent of young people are average weight, 3.8 percent are obese and 12.2 percent are underweight. In 2012, 83.9 percent of Turkish youth had not tried an alcoholic beverage. A total of 14.7 percent of young men said they regularly drink, while this figure is 2.8 percent for women. Nineteen percent of young people reported that they had tried alcohol for the first time at 14 or younger.
A total of 80.6 percent of young men use the Internet daily, while this figure is much lower, at 55.4 percent, for young women. According to TurkStat data from 2011, 52.2 percent of Turkish youth read books occasionally, while 24.1 are avid readers. The percentage of young people who regularly visit bars, night clubs and similar entertainment facilities was 14.4 percent.Last Mod: 18 Mayıs 2013, 10:24