MANILA — Many people say that the younger generation (Millennials) is hard to understand. Some think Filipino Millennials are “pasaway”, “maarte” and “pabebe”.
Who they really are, maybe it’s not for anyone to judge. However, the Far Eastern University (FEU), in partnership with eight other universities, recently conducted a survey to understand Filipino Millennials better.
According to Michael Alba, FEU president, the study aims to determine the impact of college life to Filipino students. “How does college experience affect their learnings, beliefs, priorities and opinions?” he asked.
Based on the survey, researchers found that Millennials seem to be entrepreneurial, since 55 percent of the respondents indicated success in owning their business as a value that is most appealing to them.
Majority of respondents strongly disagrees with legalization of divorce, while strongly favoring death penalty in the country. Thus, the researchers consider this as a sign that Millennials are conservative.
The survey included 4,325 freshmen from nine universities including FEU. It will be a 4-year study as the respondents will be asked again during their sophomore year and until they reach 4th year college.
Alba believes that this research will help them find out how these Millennials’ beliefs may change as they go through college.
In an interview with the Philippines News Agency (PNA), Alba cited some difficulties they encountered while conducting the survey.
First, he said they had a hard time ensuring confidentiality. Alba admitted that it was hard to gain the trust of the respondents.
Second was with regard to how the survey was presented. “The students found it too boring,” he said. With this, they did some animation and made the presentation look more interesting.
He added they also encountered problem in uploading the data. They had to buy a Cloud storage for this.
Alba did not elaborate, but he didn’t deny they also had problem on the sampling method they used.
Meanwhile, he cited that the survey in the coming years would basically contain almost the same set of questions, and that they will just change some of the questions slightly.
The survey may not be a perfect one. For instance, the universities behind it are not sure of the respondents’ age, and just said it’s between 15-19.
However, at least there are these universities who took the initiative to discover and understand Filipino Millennials better.