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Over 76% young Chinese live sped-up lives: survey

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-10-21 08:07
A female customer has her face scanned to pay at a bookstore in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang province, on July 17, 2019. [Photo/IC]

BEIJING - More than 76 percent of Chinese young people think they are living a sped-up life, according to a survey released by the China Youth Daily.

Young people surveyed living in first- and second-tier cities widely consider they live a faster lifestyle, with 78.9 percent and 77.6 percent, respectively.

"I barely have time to clear my mind from day to day," Sun Liao working in the media industry in Beijing was quoted as saying by the newspaper, who felt tied up by work from the second she woke up in the morning.

Such accelerated lives are very common among young people both at home and abroad, which shows their hunger for success, said Xu Guangxing, a psychology professor with East China Normal University.

However, 83.1 percent of the interviewees find that although they are busy every day, they do not have the sense of fulfillment they expected.

The advent of the information age and higher self-expectation are regarded as two major reasons why young people live a fast-paced life, according to the survey.

Xu suggested young people should set goals and plans tailored to themselves and avoid aiming too high.

The survey covered 1,993 people aged between 18 and 35.

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