Many Married Couples Talk Less Than 30 Minutes a Day

Over a third of married couples spend less than half an hour a day talking to one other, a recent survey shows.

In a nationwide poll of 1,002 married men and women conducted from Nov. 11 to 16 by the Planned Population Federation of Korea, 32.9 percent said they spend 30 minutes to one hour a day talking with their spouses. Another 29.8 percent said 10 to 30 minutes, while 8.6 percent said less than 10 minutes. Only 28.7 percent spend more than an hour in conversation with each other.

The majority of respondents, or 58.8 percent, said they mostly chat during mealtimes, while 21.5 percent said they do so before going to sleep. Another 14 percent said they only find time to talk during the weekends, while 5.7 percent said the same was true of when they wake up in the morning.

When asked what factors that hinder their conversation, 34.4 percent said getting home late and working at weekends, while 29.9 percent cited watching TV or playing on their smartphones. Some 19.2 percent said they rarely find time to talk each other because they are busy taking care of their children or doing household chores, while 10.3 percent blamed their poor communication skills.

Many couples also rarely express their affection or give one another compliments. Asked how often they profess their love or simply say "thank you," 50.4 percent said they only do so when they themselves feel good. Just 25.9 percent said they do so every day, while 19.8 percent said hardly ever, and 1.4 percent never do so. / Dec. 24, 2013 09:46 KST