More Koreans Want Healthy Work-Life Balance

  • By Kim Jung-hoon

    November 18, 2021 11:29

    Fewer and fewer Koreans believe that work is the be-all and end-all of their existence.

    According to a survey released by Statistics Korea on Wednesday, only about one-third or 33.5 percent of workers feel work is more important than family, down from 42.1 percent only two years ago.

    As recently as a decade ago, the figure was 54.5 percent. Now 18.3 percent categorically believe family is more important than work, up from 13.7 percent two years ago. The rest said both are equally important.

    The survey was conducted on 36,000 people across the country in May.

    Asked how their living conditions have changed, 31.5 percent said they have improved, but 24.9 percent said they got worse. In the same survey two years ago, 48.6 percent said things have improved and only 9.1 percent the opposite.

    Young people may suffer more in this rapidly changing world as 25.6 percent of 20-somethings said they are living in worse conditions while almost the same proportion or 25.4 percent also said they are better off.

    The survey also found a decline in charity donations, with 21.6 percent saying they made a donation over the past year and 37.2 percent saying they are willing to donate in the future. Both figures have been declining steadily since 2011 by 14.8 percentage points and 8.6 percentage points.

    Increased time spent at home during lockdown did not translate into an increase in the number of books people read. Only 45.6 percent said they read at least one book over the past year, compared to 50.6 percent two years ago and 62.4 percent in 2013.

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