Young people who experienced the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s when they grew up tend to feel that money is a more important life goal than for any other generation, a straw poll suggests.
In the poll of some 200 people nationwide by an advertising agency, 78.5 percent between 25 and 31, who experienced the financial crisis when they were in middle or high school, named money as an important life goal. Many of them remember their parents or their acquaintances suffering economic difficulties.
Sixty percent of them also agreed that wealth means success, and 68 percent agreed that the higher their material living standard is, the happier people are.
But among people between 41 and 49, who witnessed the democratization process when they were in college, the proportions were only 50.7 percent and 65.6
Source: The Chosun Ilbo