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20-somethings more accepting of premarital sex

THE 1980s-born generation, while still traditional in a range of attitudes regarding love and marriage, is more accepting of sex before marriage than older age groups, according to a recent survey.

The survey was based on a questionnaire of 1,350 local youth born in the 1980s.

Less than 10 percent of those questioned said they are opposed to sex before marriage.

In contrast, 56 percent of youth said they were opposed to premarital sex in a study issued in 1992. That number dropped to 35 percent in 1998, the researcher said.

"The 1980s generation are a little more open than their predecessors," said the researcher He Caiping of the Shanghai Scientific Childcare Center.

However, about 75 percent of those interviewed said they believe in sex before marriage only with the person they love.

Sixty percent said they believed in having only one sexual partner over a period of time.

About 73 percent said it's wrong to have sex with others out of financial need, and 69 percent believe it wrong to have sex with others on a sudden sexual urge.

About 64 percent of those surveyed said they find lovers on their own, 15 percent through their friends, and 11 percent through introductions by family members.

Sixty percent of those interviewed said they would rather stay single if they cannot find a person to their satisfaction.

In choosing a spouse, 55 percent said they value affection as well as other conditions; 34 percent said they would rely only on love and ignore other considerations such as salary and family background. And 7 percent said they would marry without the basis of love.

About 65 percent of those interviewed said they would divorce for alienation of affection, the researcher said.


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