New meaning of bibit, bebet, bobot in modern health

Pingkan Rumondor, M.Psi.
Pingkan Rumondor, M.Psi. (IO/Esti)

Closeup performed a qualitative/ quantitative double study, involving more than 160 respondents from various regions across Indonesia. These respondents are couples in unconventional relationships, parents of marriageable and married adults, and single individuals. The study shows that “societal judgement” remains the number one obstacle to the continuation of an unconventional relationship: 

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5 out of 10 respondents have strong doubts about the future of their relations because of such pressure. Nearly all respondents agree that these guidelines are reliable for application to modern living, but only 2 out of 10 people feel that the traditional definitions of “bibit, bebet, bobot” are still relevant. 5 out of 10 respondents want to update the meaning of the philosophy. Bibit: ensuring a person’s origins is not meant to validate stereotypes concerning specific races or tribes, but to ensure that they have grown in a good environment or support system and can be trusted to perpetuate a good system for their own spouses and future children. Bebet: affirming a person’s economic condition and background is done to ensure that the person has sufficient financial stability to feed, take care of, and educate a family. Bobot: making sure that the person shares a similar vision for the future and current life perspective, as they have comparable educational level, work skills, and thought patterns. (est)