New study says young Hungarians differ greatly from most Europeans
Hungarians, it seems, are different. Certainly young Hungarians differ from their western European counterparts when it comes to lifestyle, family and consumer behaviour. That's the point made by a new international survey, which looked at lifestyles of young people in thirteen European and five Latin American countries.
"We found out that there is a big change in the life couples lead when they have children because it is such a big responsibility. It's a kind of turning point for them. They become more conscious, start to plan, become more realistic, and slightly pessimistic - especially in the Central European countries. They change their lifestyles, have a much more conscious attitude toward consumption and a less emotional relationship with brands.
Do we differ from others in the Central European region or do we behave similarly?
"No, we are slightly different because we have a much more traditional society in terms of gender roles. We are more similar to Turkey or Greece in terms of the family model, while the Polish and Czechs act quite similarly to the western countries. So, there the female/male roles are more equal while here in Hungary we live in a more subordinated gender relationship. So, there is a big crisis in women's minds. Even moving in together is such a big step that women start to behave as housewives and cut down their own needs to live for their man.
Did you find anything that you were especially surprised by?
"Keeping pets. It's a unique phenomenon in Hungary. We keep pets instead of having a child just to have someone around."
But that contradicts what you just said...
"Hungarians are tricky because there is a surface, what you see, and then there is the truth that's behind it. We have a very traditional point of view and living in a house with a garden and having pets around is such an ancient thing to have that we try to get pets or the feeling of this traditional lifestyle in our city centre flats too."