Relationships survey

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 November, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 November, 1998, 12:00am

The majority of young people want long-term relationships, a survey has found.

Sixty per cent hoped to have a long-term relationship, saying they could not accept extra-marital affairs.

'Some people believe teenagers today do not take their love affairs seriously but our survey shows they are wrong,' said Chan King-chuen, research manager for youth organisation Breakthrough.

'Most are serious about their lovers and do not hope to divorce after they marry. But the problem is they do not know how to maintain a relationship. They also do not know how to help their parents who have extra-marital affairs. They just pretend they do not know their parents are having affairs.' Young people believed engaging in an affair would have a negative impact on family and society.

The views of 1,500 university and secondary school students and young working adults aged between 15 and 29 were sought.

They also had a sense of political helplessness. Half said they would not join demonstrations or fight for democracy and freedom.

Most said such activities were useless.