Public, private and working lives are intertwined in both the physical and the virtual space. The age of formally reaching adulthood has been decreasing, but the time for a young person to become socially and economically independent is prolonged. Many people make major life decisions later in life. Familiarity with technologies, access to information, and the ability to communicate with others, including speaking multiple languages, has become standard. This is not related to age or living in an urban or rural setting, but involves with social status, level of education, and degree of mobility.
How will the overlap of the real and virtual worlds influence the satisfaction of basic human needs and the self-fulfillment of individuals? Will we be successful in bridging the plurality of lifestyles and preventing the atomization of society thanks to compulsory education? What are the limits of an education system that is customized for each individual?
Education is not only an important entry ticket to the labor market (90%), but also a tool that helps a person with their self-determination (79%) and to live life on their own terms (83%).
Only 20% of people think that school should also serve as a center for community events. On the other hand, more than half believe that the purpose of school is to prepare children for individual success later in life.
People in Slovakia prefer living in rural areas (40%), and in the suburbs of large cities (37%). Only 23% of the population wants to live directly in cities. Living in a city is considered to be a disadvantage due to the higher costs of living, higher crime rates, and a lack of green spaces. A third of the people object to anonymity and lack of neighborly and community relations in cities. The benefits they see—still fewer than disadvantages—include better public facilities and the availability of shopping opportunities. On the other hand, 20% prefer the anonymity offered by a city. 1
The number of people in Slovakia who claim both work and leisure are important for them is growing. Still, the value of "survival" is stronger than that of "having a life". This differs, for example, from the Czech Republic, where priorities are already being redefined, with much stronger emphasis on the importance of friends and free time and less on the importance of work. 2
When making major life decisions, teenagers in Slovakia primarily follow the advice of their parents. However, they prefer to spend their free time with friends to constantly discuss their opinions. The important thing is for them to be always online and use devices. Social networks are considered to be "in" by more than 80% of young people. For three quarters of teenagers, it is also "in" to be into sports and dating, but also to eat healthy (62%), protect the environment (45%), and not to take drugs (53%). 3
Only 14% of children spend the majority of their free time in hobby clubs. As many as 66% of children spend a minimum of 1 to 2 hours watching television or playing with a computer on a daily basis.4 Less than half of children aged 10-11 years play sports daily after school; almost half of them play outside and 32% of children regularly train in sports clubs. The rest of the children only play sports in school during physical education classes. 5
The activities that are offered to children and young people in their free time are generally not based on their interests, but rather on the ideas adults have about what is good for them. Children and teenagers expressed a wish to have more age-appropriate activities available to them, but also the respect and feeling of partnership on the part of adults. They want to have a say in the decisions about what they do in their spare time and when. When they show an interest in something, they are happy to spend time on it even beyond the planned program. A key strategy to help bring the youth to do meaningful leisure activities is to show them more trust and pass a significant part of responsibility to them. 6
People in Slovakia are mostly dissatisfied with their standard of living. Satisfaction in this regard was expressed by approximately 6% of the population. In order to achieve a high standard of living today, people need a combination of specific personal skills and qualities. What is needed is good education, talent, and diligence. Yet, at the same time, people believe that success in Slovakia can be achieved in other ways too, such as with favoritism, corruption and nepotism. 7
According to the statistics on income and living conditions in Slovakia, children's access to adequate resources greatly depends on the size and socio-economic status of their family. Households with three and more children are increasingly at risk of poverty—one in three faces this risk. Single parents with children are in similar situation. 8
„V budúcnosti budeme technologicky vyspelejší, ale lenivejší.“ žiačka ZŠ, Poprad
„Everyone will be living alone, without needing to meet others, because that can get tiring.“ a workshop participant in the town of, Pezinok
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New ways are emerging for young people to spend their leisure time. For example, groups of teenagers in bigger cities like to meet in large shopping centers, where they not just have fun, but also talk, and even prepare for school. Shopping centers meet a number of parameters important to young people—they have long opening hours, it is comfortable to spend time there even in bad weather, no one tries to organize their time there or checks on them, and they provide free internet access. 9
In some sense, the middle class in society is simply what remains when you take away the rich and the poor. A precise definition of the middle-class changes with time and space. According to statistics, the middle class in Slovakia comprises about 32% of the population. This includes people with the so-called routine-not-manual work in administration and in business, artists, freelancers, farmers, but also lower-skilled technicians, lower-level managers, foremen or team leaders. If lower skilled specialists, clerks, lower management, and higher-qualified technicians are included in the middle class, then the percentage rises to 45%.10
„A middle-class person has at least a relative certainty of nothing bad happening tomorrow. However, they feel an absolute lack of time. This is because I have to work incredibly hard to make ends meet. Saturday, Sunday, holiday, night, until one or two in the morning and then waking up again at half past five is the standard for me.“ Peter Minárik, physician
„I was taken aback by a comment made by a pupil who said that there are two "horrible things” in the world -- school and work -- places that take away time with their parents. We are all in a hurry to get somewhere and have little time left for each other. This is our finding from the questionnaires -- that parents spend less time with the children. Some 11-year-olds even reported that their parents do not talk to them at all.“ Daniela Brindová, psychologist
„- The children are unable to learn by themselves. - How come? Today the parents are mostly away from home and the children are left to themselves. They definitely learn by themselves. “ a workshop participant in the town of Šamorín
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