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英語:“Junior high students more keen on online confessions of love, especially girls: study”

Junior high school students are more likely to be “OK” with confessions of love over the internet, with female students in particular five times more likely than adult women to have a positive opinion toward the practice, a University of Hyogo study has found.

The research team led by associate professor Kazuo Takeuchi aimed to see if there was a generational gap concerning romantic confessions in person or online. With the cooperation of the Kobe Municipal Government, the team distributed a questionnaire on the subject to 4,078 first through third year students via student councils at four junior high schools in the city, and 180 adults including municipal government workers for comparison. The results were announced at a forum in Kobe on Aug. 27.

A total of 59 percent of both male and female junior high school students answered that they would be “OK” receiving a confession via email or a free smartphone messaging application or “OK depending on the sender.” This was nearly 10 points higher than adults, where 50.6 percent answered they would be fine with an online confession.

When the results for female respondents were analyzed separately, 22.9 percent of junior high students said they would be “OK” with the trend while only 4.5 percent of adults said the same. When including those who answered it would be “OK depending on the sender,” the numbers came to 60 percent for students and 40.3 percent for adults.

When asked for the reasons behind their answers, students responding that it is easier to convey their feelings via messages stood out. Many also commented that it was a way to guard against fake confessions used between friends as a punishment game, and it was also easier to pass the text confession off as a joke if they were rejected.

Among the adults, the majority were against online confessions of love, believing that it was something that should be discussed face-to-face.

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日本語:“「ネットで」 女性の肯定、世代間差5倍 成人「目と目を合わせるもの」/中学生「気持ちを伝えやすい」”

 対面でなく、インターネットでの「愛の告白」はありか、なしか--。世代間の意識の違いを探ろうと、兵庫県立大の竹内和雄准教授(生徒指導論)らが中学生と成人を対象にこんなテーマでアンケートを実施し、27日に神戸市で開かれたフォーラムで発表した。成人に比べて中学生は肯定的で、特に女性では、「OK」と答えた中学生が成人の5倍に。「断られたら冗談と言える」と今どきの子どもの本音も浮かんだ。

 神戸市の協力で市内の4中学の生徒会が6月、調査票を配布。中学1~3年(4078人)と市職員ら成人(180人)の男女から回答を得た。

 調査では、メールや無料通信アプリでの告白が「OK」「相手によってOK」と回答した中学生は計59・0%で成人の50・6%を10ポイント近く上回った。女性に限ると、「OK」と答えた中学生は22・9%だったのに対し成人は4・5%。「相手によってOK」を含めると中学生は60・0%、成人は40・3%だった。

 理由を尋ねると、中学生は「気持ちを伝えやすい」などの答えが目立ち、友人間の罰ゲームの「ウソコク(ウソの告白)」を警戒する声もあった。成人は「目と目を合わせてするもの」と否定的な意見が多かった。

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