Koreans Most Want to Go Back to School Once Pandemic Ends

  • By Park Don-kyoo

    January 01, 2021 08:18

    Koreans' most fervent wish for the post-coronavirus period is for schools to reopen, big data shows.

    VAIV Company, which specializes in artificial intelligence and big data, analyzed 4.23 billion postings on Twitter, Instagram, blogs, and online communities from Jan. 1 until Dec. 20 last year to see the tracks of the coronavirus pandemic that turned the world upside down.

    The rapid spread became a subject of tremendous interest early last year. The most-searched words were "mask" (2.68 million), followed by "home" (2.26 million) and "confirmed case" (866,618). Fourth was "prevention" (836,949).

    People watch the sunset on a beach in Incheon on Thursday. /Yonhap

    But some subtle changes could be detected as the pandemic lingered. In the first quarter of 2020, "handwashing" trended, as did "Shincheonji," the name of the sect in Daegu that became a hotbed of infections in March.

    In the second quarter, "medical staff" and "overcome" became some of the most-searched words, and in the third quarter, "online" and "social distancing." During the final three months of last year, "vaccine" rose quickly to the top 10 in sixth place.

    VAIV also analyzed places people wanted to visit the most in two areas –- daily life and travel destinations. School ranked at the top of places associated with daily life, followed by cafés, restaurants, swimming pools and parks. Eighth was karaoke bars and 12th church.

    When it comes to travel destinations, the sea topped the list. Surprisingly, the second most-desired travel destination was Seoul, followed by overseas, Jeju Island, Busan and Daegu.

    Among overseas destinations, Japan ranked first, followed by Europe and the U.S.

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