HT Youth Survey: India’s Young are Self-Centred, they are not Willing to wait Patiently for anything


Indian youth or the changing generation are not willing to wait patiently for anything. In this age of instant coffee, noodles, and gratification, They’re determined to get what their hearts are set on, even if it means lying to their parents or violating rules.

The problems of youth, Changing youth in a changing society begins as like some psychological problems, such as teenage alcoholism and crime, are still on the rise. But other problems, among them the

But much-heralded problem among them is the generation gap, turn out to be largely mythical. The effects of heredity, childhood, family, school, peer group, religion, the media, and the urban environment are all assessed in a review of recent research which is a model of clarity and good sense.

To top it all, impatience seems to have been woven into their DNA. The young is truly a tour de force. It should become an indispensable reference for anyone who needs the facts about adolescence. Today’s youth are self-centered and will do almost anything as long as it benefits them.

The Hindustan Times-MaRs Youth Survey recorded as many as 81.5% respondents as saying that “If it’s about what I want, I will beg, borrow or steal to buy something I really want,” apart from it 68.3% youngsters confessed to doing things their parents would not approve of, more than 66% confessed to lying to their folks.

A 22-year-old content writer Harshita Srivastava has an explanation for the occasional untruth. “You lie only when you know you have made a mistake, and don’t want to hurt your parents. One’s sense of right and wrong should come from within. What matters is if there is a sincere effort on your part to not make the mistake again,”  as per her opinion.

The Hindustan Times-MaRs Youth Survey said they would do anything to win the approval of their friends, which was nearly about 80% of the whole respondents polled by Srivastava. It was a surprise for such an attitude. “If you have to go out of your way to gain the approval of your friends by changing who you are, then it is high time you asked yourself if it’s worth being friends with such people. Seeking anyone’s approval shows lack of self-confidence,” she asserted.

A copywriter with Webenza, “It never too late, it is the time we realised that such pretense won’t get us anywhere. We need to learn to accept and love ourselves for who we are,” according to Tanya Jain, also said that why people would act fake to fit in a particular group.


They’re chafing at the bit to go after what they want and they’re not listening to anyone:

  • 67% respondents aged between 18-22 from the cities all across India said that they have violated the traffic rules.
  • 81% said that they beg, borrow or steal if they are desperate to buy something
  • 73% said that if they think that they are right then they don’t care what their parents think.
  • 82% said that they want “everything and fast.”

Nilofer Kaul Delhi-based psychoanalyst also put her views forward in this trending perspective, she said that “The desire for peer approval seems to pervade our adolescence and youth. Acting cool and keeping up with the latest fashion improves acceptance in the community. Often, we find ourselves lacking in confidence and not measuring up to societal standards.”

The survey in it self-shows a very clear response, the survey simply highlighted the widening generation gap between youngsters and older folk.

  • As like more than 75% of the respondents said they wouldn’t care what their parents thought as long as they did what they believed was right.
  • India’s younger generation is also anything but patient. More than 82% respondents of the survey said they wanted everything – and fast.

The 31-year-old founder of Zorted Solutions Private Limited Shubham Saran said while it was okay to be influenced by Western values, But the youth should try to strike a balance between their views and that of their parents, this is something we are very much shocked to know. “Youth are focusing more on their looks, they a lot are adopting a more ‘modern’ outlook due to the advent of technology, the fact that their parents have more experience than them, the youth has become so blind they refused to consider that also,” explained Saran. “It also depends on understanding I have traveled to more places at my age than they did in their youth, but they will always have an edge in understanding human emotions and situations.”

“One thing that can be highlighted here is Royal Stag’s ‘It’s your life’ commercial, which goes to say that nothing is unachievable. If you have the will, you can etch out huge goals for yourself and push hard to achieve them,” said Saran. “Well with the fact that resources are much easier to access now with this attitude resonates. The advertisements being aired these days stress on this very fact.”

Survey Methodology:

MaRS Monitoring and Research Systems carried out India Youth Survey 2017 in 16 state capitals and major towns in India- Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, and Chandigarh in the north, Kolkata, Patna, Bhubaneswar and Ranchi in the East, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune and Indore in the West, and Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kochi in the South. Both male and female from age groups 18-21 years and 22-25 years were the target respondents were  belonging to households with,

  • Durable ownership of CTV
  • Refrigerator
  • At least two of Car
  • Two Wheeler
  • Home computer/laptop
  • Air Conditioner
  • And Washing machine

Additionally, the respondent was a regular user of the internet on the smartphone and member of a social networking site. Mostly the respondent was either currently a student of undergraduate or above or employed with education graduate or above.

The survey was carried out from July 10 to July 31, 2017. The total sample size was 5700, equally divided between men and women and the two age groups.


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