Survey Finds Most Working Koreans Opposed to Daylight Saving Time

More than half of salaried Koreans are against the introduction of the daylight saving time system that the government is considering. In a survey of 1,158 salaried workers by Career, a jobs website, 61 percent opposed the system while only 30 percent said they were in favor of it.

The majority of those opposed to the system, 55 percent, said it would only lengthen working hours, while 19 percent worried it would disturb their biorhythm and 13 percent cited its failure last time. Korea previously tried the system in 1987-1988.

Those favoring the system cited reasons such as more time for self-improvement activities after work (48 percent), use of morning time when work efficiency is high (24 percent), and increased time to be spent with families or friends (11 percent).

Asked what they would do if the system gave them more time in the evening, 29 percent said self-improvement activities and 28 percent said exercise. But 39 percent of the respondents thought they would just end up working.

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 05, 2009 08:08 KST