The seasonal complaint of many women that men do nothing to help them during major holidays has been proved true from an unexpected quarter -- statistics on cinema attendance.
According to film website Maxmovie on Monday, 6.39 million people went to see a movie during Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3. Some 12 percent of them watched a movie alone, more than double the usual proportion of 4-5 percent, and 52.3 percent of them were male, 5 percentage points more than females.
Those in their 30s accounted for 44.3 percent, more than twice the proportion of those in their 20s (19.3 percent). The proportion of those in their 40s was also high at 26.5 percent.
"These statistics are quite different from normal times, when women far outnumber men in watching films alone and those in their 20s take up the largest proportion," a Maxmovie press release said.
It attributed the anomaly to middle-aged men who opted to see a movie alone instead of helping out at home during the holidays.
The movie "Masquerade," which targets male moviegoers, drew substantial numbers of moviegoers during Chuseok, largely thanks to middle-aged men who watched a movie alone, said a head of a film production.
The lunar New Year's holiday in January produced similar statistics, a Maxmovie staffer said. The number of men in their 30s or 40s who go to a movie alone during major holidays has been on the rise since statistics were first compiled in 2009, he added.