A representative survey by Mathias Corvinus Collegium’s Institute for Youth Research reveals which values each generation considers as the most important for young people. As it turns out, Hungarians think that seeking new experiences is the most important thing for young people, while hard work, politics and religion come last.
The research covered three age groups: 18-29 year olds, 30-59 year olds and those 60 and over. The different groups had fairly similar views on the answers.
In addition to having an experience, the values that were considered most important were independent decision-making and learning.
Experiential learning was considered least important by those aged 60 and over, but they also largely identified with the same values as the younger age groups. Across age groups, learning and making their parents proud were perceived to be roughly equally important for young people.
There were differences by age, however, in the importance of starting a family, hard work, and being Hungarian – these were typically seen as important for the youth by older age groups, but less so by younger people.
In terms of starting a family, those over the age of 60 felt that it was extremely important for young people to start their own family (72 percent said it was important), compared to less than half of 18-29 year olds (48 percent), and slightly more of 30-39 year olds (59 percent).
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