Generation What is an interactive program produced by France Télévisions, Upian, and Yami 2, in partnership with the EBU as well as 14 European broadcasters. In essence, it is an evolution of Génération Quoi, a large-scale survey conducted in France in 2013 to draw the portrait of the current generation of 15-34 year olds. This time, 10 countries have joined us for the purpose of making this program a truly European event: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Luxemburg, Holland, Wales (UK), and the Czech Republic.

The program is broken down into three parts:

  • A comprehensive online questionnaire, available in participating European countries and designed with the help of sociologists. The purpose of this questionnaire is to probe this generation's ambitions, hopes, and fears.
  • A statistical portrait of the youth, consisting of real time infographics of the datas collected via the questionnaire.
  • A statistical portrait of European youth, consisting of a map infographic for comparing answers by country on a European scale.

Are my answers confidential?

Absolutely. First off, because we don't even ask you your name. Information about age, gender, location, and details about your education or professional occupation are only requested for statistical purposes, in order to help us most accurately draw the portrait of an entire generation. This will allow us, for example, to find out the proportion of students living in Hamburg that need to work to pay for school. We will also be able to determine how many young workers under the age of 23 feel undervalued in their jobs.

The profile data we collect when you answer the preliminary questions are stored independently of any element that could identify you – and, if you wish to register using your email address, it will only be linked to your answers to allow you to find them and pick up where you left off.

Lastly, none of the information or answers you provide on this site will be communicated to third parties of any kind, and none shall be made public other than in the form of the survey's results.

How does the portrait work?

All of the answers to the 149 survey questions are recorded and viewable in real time. In other words, the number of answers to a given question (and thus the results) can vary if the portrait is viewed at different times. In addition, we clearly specify that the numbers collected by the questionnaire are raw results, they are not statistically weighted to redistribute the respondents and answers in a manner more representative of the populations of participating countries.

Let's look at a concrete example: if the answers to the question "Are you optimistic about your future?" are split between 78% Yes and 22% No, it simply means that out of the 3,122 people who have answered the question so far, 2,435 answered "Yes" and 687 answered "No". These numbers therefore do not take into account the number of people who skipped the question (by clicking on Next Question), nor of the age, sex, location, or socio-professional category of the respondents, as would normally be the case with survey institutes.

It is therefore completely incorrect to state that "78% of Europeans" or "78% of young people are optimistic about their future," but it is fair to say that 78% of the survey respondents are optimistic about their future. Nonetheless, filters are available to refine results according to certain criteria and thus to form an opinion about answer trends.

You can find all of the suffestions here.

Questions, comments?

Contact us: contact@generation-what.eu