The culture of family
by The Albany Herald
July 22, 2013 11:40 PM | 1232 views | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While cultures and ideas about how life should be lived vary widely around the world, the important things that people have are remarkably consistent.

In a Nielsen survey that spanned the globe, getting feedback from more than 29,000 people in 58 nations, pollsters found that the No. 1 priority worldwide is spending quality time with family.

According to a report by Reuters on Friday, four out of every five people polled said that spending time with family was most important. When the question was posed in Latin America, the response was even stronger, with 88 percent citing that as most important. ...

For more than three-quarters of the respondents, deciding how many children to have was a top issue. It was cited by 77 percent of those polled overall, with location impacting the answer. In places like Mexico and Brazil, nine out of 10 thought it was crucial. Only half to 45 percent felt the same way in France and Norway.

The third big issue? Higher education. It edged out family planning globally, with 78 percent finding it a top concern, particularly in nations with emerging economies. While only 35 percent of those surveyed in Thailand and 37 percent of Austrians surveyed saw it as crucial, at least 90 percent of respondents in places like Mexico, Turkey, the Philippines, South Africa and Brazil found it to be important.

People in nations that are looking to improve their standard of living realize that the best road to financial stability comes from better education.

This was the first time that Nielsen had attempted to conduct a worldwide lifestyle survey, so it will be interesting to see how percentages and attitudes change as subsequent studies are conducted. But there is some reassurance that, while the world is a large place and people can be quite different, there are common threads such as family that bind us together.

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