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Young Taiwanese taking relaxed view on infidelity

By Chen Ping-hung and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Young Taiwanese seem to have adopted a more open-minded attitude toward relationships, after a vast majority of respondents in a public poll released yesterday said they would not break up with their partners even if they cheated on them.

The poll, conducted by Soochow University’s Department of Sociology on young people’s attitude toward relationships and their careers, showed that only 6.3 percent of respondents would leave their partners if they caught them cheating.

When asked what behaviors constitute cheating, the majority — or 32.3 percent — of respondents said holding hands with another person was tantamount to infidelity, while 10 percent said it would be engaging in sexual activities.

Despite offering a less rigid definition of cheating, female respondents appeared to put more weight on loyalty than their male counterparts, with only 15 percent of female respondents saying they had held hands with someone other than their partners, compared with 26 percent of men.

In regard to their criteria when selecting a partner, female respondents said they were more concerned with their financial situation, personality, moral values and personal interests, while male respondents said they rated a female partner’s habits and physical appearance more highly.

Meanwhile, the poll also found that young adolescents and business owners have different perspectives on what is the most important trait in employees, with the former saying it was a positive working attitude and the latter desiring integrity.

While employers thought highly of young employees’ IT skills, eagerness to learn and flexibility, most respondents said their competitive advantages were their integrity, willingness to abide by a professional code of conduct and their moral values.

The university’s sociology department chairman Wu Ming-ye (吳明燁) said the poll showed that young people tend to rate themselves too highly and should have a more realistic understanding of their capabilities and employers’ needs.

The survey collected 1,200 valid samples from college students in the Greater Taipei area, with 59.3 percent of them women and 40.7 percent men.

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