Friday, 30 March 2012

Gen Y more gracious now: survey

By Hon Jing Yi, Channel NewsAsia, 28 Mar 2012

Young people under the age of 30 appear to have become more gracious, according to the Singapore Kindness Movement's 2012 Graciousness Index.

The group of youths -- commonly called Gen Y -- showed marked improvement in graciousness, with their rating rising from a mean of 5.9 to 6.3.

The Singapore Kindness Movement's General Secretary William Wan said: "The educational level of our young people, their exposure to different people and their opportunities for travel also probably influenced the way they look at life. At the end of the day, graciousness is being aware of the people around you."

Babyboomers, aged above 50, still scored the highest overall. Their mean rating is at 6.7, unchanged from 2011.

On the whole, Singapore recorded a stable level of graciousness.

The index standing for 2012 is at 61, a slight increase from 60 in 2011.

1,400 residents took part in the survey about their own behaviour, and those of others, with respect to social etiquette and standards in Singapore.

According to the index, behaviour on the road and on public transport continues to bug Singaporeans.

Fifty-three per cent of the respondents said their biggest grouse was public transport passengers not making space for incoming passengers.

Sixty-six per cent of the respondents surveyed were happy with the way respect is shown for other religions and races.

2013 Graciousness Index

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