Benesse Corporation conducted the "3,000th Survey on Modern Human Vocabulary" targeting 4 high school students to working adults nationwide.In the survey, 230 words of "dictionary vocabulary" published in the Japanese dictionary and 220 words of "newspaper vocabulary" about basic knowledge and current affairs knowledge necessary for social life published in newspapers, a total of 450 words of "familiarity" of each generation. I investigated.

 As a result of the survey, the "newspaper vocabulary" that university students know from their parents (40s-60s) includes "media literacy: university students 79.7%, parent generation 31.2%", "active learning: university students 66.0%, parents". Generation 36.0% ”,“ 3R (3 acronyms for Reduce / Reuse / Recycle): College student 57.0%, Parent generation 19.0% ”,“ LGBT: College student 88.0%, Parent generation 63.0% ”,“ Food mileage: College student 41.5% , Parent generation 18.0% ”, and other words that indicate new concepts that are linked to modern and future social issues are lined up.In addition, the word that was familiar to all generations was "100 years of life."It is one of the policy-based ideas of the "100 Years of Life Concept Conference" established by the government on the premise that Japan's longevity will progress, and the familiarity of this word is 40% for working people (60s-81.0s). Adults (20s to 30s) 63.0%, university students 72.5%, high school students 56.5%, and all generations were familiar with 67.0%.

 Also, looking at the relationship between "thinking about social changes and future life planning" and "vocabulary", "when the skills and abilities required by society change, I want to work hard to acquire them." , "It is good to review your career such as changing jobs according to your ability and future design", etc. In a rapidly changing society, those who are motivated to "behave to change themselves according to society" are the vocabulary The power was about 10 points higher.

 In addition, those who are in contact with books, magazines, and newspapers as well as digital media (vocabulary 62.4%) have higher vocabulary than those who have only digital media (vocabulary 49.7%). High school students (vocabulary 55.2%) who are engaged in learning activities (= exploratory learning activities) that stand up to collect and organize information and announce their research are more likely to be high school students who have not done so (vocabulary). 43.9%) ”has a higher vocabulary.

Reference: [Benesse Holdings Co., Ltd.] "60th Survey on Vocabulary of Modern People" for 3,000 people from high school students to those in their 450s. PDF)

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