April 29, 2015 10:06
Young Koreans have predominantly liberal views about marriage now, a study suggests, with more than half saying it is OK for unmarried couples to cohabit. Seven out of 10 are in favor of cross-cultural marriages.
The study of 5,800 people aged 13 to 24 by Statistics Korea in May last year, which was published Tuesday, shows that 56.8 percent of people aged 13 to 24 feel premarital cohabitation is fine, while 26.4 percent said a couple can have children without tying the knot, up slightly from 25.9 percent in 2012.
Also, 74.2 percent are supportive of interracial marriages, up from 73.4 percent in the previous survey.
Asked who should take care of aging parents, 45.4 percent said not only their family but also the government and society must share responsibility, while only 38 percent said the family should shoulder the burden alone. Some 13.5 percent said senior citizens should take care of themselves, up from 11 percent last time.
Asked which of the children should care for aging parents, 80.1 percent said all children should take on the burden equally, while 12.5 percent said the one who made the most money.
Meanwhile, the proportion of young people aged nine to 24 in the total population of 50.62 million fell to under 20 percent for the first time. The youth population was 9.61 million, accounting for 19 percent of the total, and the proportion is projected to fall to 11.4 percent by 2060.
The proportion of school-age youngsters aged six to 21 was 17.5 percent of the total population, which is expected to fall to 11.1 percent by 2060.
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