About half of Seoul residents prefer more time off for leisure activities to earning more money, according to data released by the Seoul Metropolitan Government on Monday.
Some 45 percent of residents over 15 in Seoul prefer to have more leisure time rather than work longer hours for more pay. Only 18.8 percent said they prefer to work more for money rather than rest.
According to a study by Statistics Korea last year, Seoul residents spent six hours and 22 minutes on average on leisure activities over the weekend and four hours and 28 minutes on weekdays, which was one minute and 17 minutes less than five years ago. They spent 42.1 percent of their free time at weekends -- two hours and 41 minutes -- watching TV or other media, 58 minutes on hobbies or drinking, 48 minutes socializing, 43 minutes on strolls, mountain climbing or other sports activities and 30 minutes on religious activities.
Compared to five years ago, Seoul residents spent 18 minutes less watching media, eight minutes less on socializing and 15 minutes less on reading or hobbies, but 14 minutes more on sports activities and three minutes more on developing their skills.