Survey raises concern over the lives of Vietnam’s urban teens

A recent survey by TITA Research, a Vietnamese market research and consulting company, found that adolescents in Hanoi and HCMC spend an average of 10.5 hours per day on their studies, including time at school, in tutoring sessions and completing homework. While these students earn good grades, nearly half of the survey’s 400 respondents remained unsure about which career they hope to pursue.

Beyond classes, urban teens reported very low levels of physical activity, with a full 70 percent saying they take part in no physical activity during a school day. Once their studies are complete, students average about four hours of free time, most of which goes to playing online games or using social media. According to the report, urban adolescents spend less than two hours talking to their parents everyday.