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Survey on young generation on social media
STAFF Reporter
 GUWAHATI, May 8 - A survey conducted by volunteers’ association Jeevan Initiative among youths studying in various colleges and universities in Guwahati regarding their daily lifestyle, has thrown up interesting findings about their social media behaviour.

Thirty per cent male and 24 per cent female students of those surveyed go to bed after 12 midnight. Among them 8-9 per cent go to bed after 2 am. The survey found that 40-41 per cent youths surf social networking sites just before going to bed. Sixty-six per cent females and 35 per cent males have a habit of afternoon nap, whereas 7 per cent females and 11 per cent males wake up only after 8 am.

Of those surveyed, 52 per cent females and 38 per cent males start their day with Facebook or Whatsapp. Interestingly, 12-17 per cent youths spend more than nine hours in these social networking sites.

A large number – 65 per cent females and 56 per cent males – responded that they could not survive even a single day without internet, social media to be specific. It is also worth mentioning that 10-18 per cent youths admitted that they had been using these sites even during their classes.

Thirty per cent females and 11 per cent males admitted that the first image that appears before them if they felt hungry was fast food. Nine per cent females were found to drink less than a litre water daily. Ten-11 per cent youths spend over Rs 3,000 in restaurants monthly.

Worryingly, ten per cent females and around 50 per cent male students admitted to consuming harmful substances of intoxication. Out of them, a substantial percentage spends up to Rs 3,000 monthly in buying these substances.

Of those surveyed, 72-77 per cent youths watched around ten films a month in their mobile or computer screen. Most of them, however, could not remember if they watched any Assamese film ever.

As to their total monthly expenditure, 5-9 per cent spend more than Rs 10,000 whereas 23 per cent males and 14 per cent females spend Rs 5,000-10,000 a month. Out of them, 14-15 per cent youths spend more than Rs 1,000 monthly in cosmetics.

“The survey, consisting of 29 questions, is one-of-its-kind in Assam. The detailed report with analysis will be published in the Jeevan magazine,” editor Suresh Ranjan Goduka said.

Volunteers and coordinators of Jeevan Initiative supervised by Dr Karabee Mahanta, surveyed students of colleges and universities in Guwahati around various campuses – library, canteen, meeting points, etc. The survey was conducted as per statistical format with 1,573 random sample size.

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