China Youth Daily recently conducted a survey among 1,982 young people aged from 18 to 35 to find out their opinions towards, and the changes in, discussion groups these days.
According to the figures, some 59.5 percent said that discussion groups are more fashionable than ever, and 57.5 percent said such groups nowadays cover a wider range of topics.
Some 91 percent of the youths are members of discussion groups, according to the survey.
Specifically, some 43.7 percent of those surveyed joined film and TV groups; 33.7 percent belonged to food groups; and, 32.9 percent chose exercise groups.
Meanwhile, those who select exams, reading, photography, science and technology discussion groups account for 18.5, 16.7, 13.1, and 12 percent, respectively.
Some 53.5 percent of those polled said they join a new circle because of friends' recommendation; 45.4 percent said they do so to learn and master new skills; and, 41.8 percent said they simply wanted to obtain more news and information related to their interests, according to the figures.
Meanwhile, 37.9 percent of those polled said they joined a circle to combat loneliness; 31.2 percent said they wanted to learn about something new; and 28.6 percent said they aimed to making new friends who share the same interests.
When it comes to the changes that have taken place in discussion groups, some 53.2 percent of the youths said nowadays the interest circles are more diverse; 39.5 percent said the personnel flow of such circles is more frequent; and, 30.2 percent said there are more groups online these days.
Some 56.9 percent said they have started friendships within the same circle; 56.2 percent said they have got new skills by joining interest groups; 49.1 percent said interest circles have enriched their lives; and 48.1 percent said they have obtained a sense of belonging from such groups.
Chen Lin, vice director of New Media and Youth Culture Study Center at Soochow University, said: "Now many young people have joined various kinds of discussion groups for special interests and needs."
"Young people can build or join discussion groups anywhere and at anytime, and they can communicate within different groups at the same time," added Chen.
"Discussion groups have provided many possibilities for youths, but young Chinese should not excessively indulge in them," Chen concluded.
(Source: Cyol.com/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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