2013. október 18., péntek

2013 Hungary’s childless generation

The majority of Hungarians in their twenties do not want children, and those who plan to have a family would not start one for a long time, a recent study on the generation born in the 1980s has found.

This generation of Hungarians have no direct experience of Socialism, as they were children when the system change took place at the end of the decade. These young people are said to be unmotivated and superficial, and the study by Kontra Műhely aimed to find out if this was true, said Ferenc Tarr, one of the authors.

Hungarians in their twenties these days tend to stay in school well into adulthood. Their higher education can last up to a decade, as they cannot or do not want to face the responsibilities which come with turning into an adult. Their goals are seen as short term.

Since the early 1990s, the number of students who participate in higher education has increased 3.5-fold, but at the same time, the number of those who graduated only doubled. In 1993, 98% of last-year students received a diploma, and only 54% did in 2008.

Of Hungarian women aged 25-34, 30% still live with their parents, while 40% of men in this age group are yet to leave the nest. A high standard of living is more important to them than having children. Their parents do not pressure them to find their own place, either, because they think living together is more cost-efficient. However, in some families, this dependency situation results in frustration and conflicts between the generations.

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