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Sincerity among campus lovers questioned
2006-03-02 00:40:34 Shanghai Daily

BEIJING, March. 2 -- Only 11.2 percent of respondents believe in true love among university and college campus lovers, according to a survey issued on the "Blue Book on Education" published by the Academy of Social Sciences yesterday, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Most respondents to the survey, concerning the public's views upon contemporary college students, agree that the college students' main purpose in seeking romantic relationships is to get rid of depression and loneliness, or to fulfill physiological needs.

The report also showed that the respondents believe that a major mental problem among these students is depression and almost 10 percent of the respondents believe that college students are prone to suicide. More than half of the respondents attribute this problem to the pressures of job-hunting.

Almost all respondents hold negative views toward "intimate behaviors among campus lovers in public" which has been criticized as against public morals and social ethics in China.

China Youth University for Political Sciences launched this survey last July and issued 546 copies of questionnaires to various government authorities, enterprises and residential communities in Beijing. Respondents, totaling 534, included managerial personnel, white-collar workers, high school students and teaching staff and retired personnel.

(Source: Shanghai Daily)

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