January 04, 2010 07:34
The number of single men and women who want their spouse to continue to work after marriage has risen drastically, probably due to the recession, but the number of those who plan to evenly split household chores has shrunk, a straw poll released on Dec. 22 suggests.
The nationwide poll was conducted for matchmaking firm Duo by a research team led by Choi In-cheol, a psychology professor at Seoul National University, from Oct. 20 to Nov. 9 of 503 unmarried men and 472 unmarried women between 20 and 39.
Duo said the percentage of men and women who want their spouse to continue to work after marriage was a record high since the poll began in 2001, but the percentage of those who plan to evenly split the house work dropped from last year.
A total of 407 men, or 80.9 percent, and 305 women, or 64.5 percent, answered they would like to have a double-income household after marriage, up 20.4 and 17 percent from a year ago. In 2001, 53.5 percent of men and 50 percent of women replied that they would like their spouse to continue to work after marriage. The figure has steadily gone up since then, but saw an especially high increase rate this year.
But only 300 men, or 59.6 percent, and 299 women, or 63.3 percent, wanted to split household chores evenly, a fall from 64.5 and 82.8 percent last year. To the question whether they plan to live with their parents after marriage, 76.7 percent of the respondents said no. More than half of the respondents said they want two children, while 7.1 percent, or 69 people, said they want none.
Due to the recession, more people feel the need to have two incomes but fewer are willing to commit themselves to problems emerging from marriage.
Duo CEO Kim Hye-jung said, "Those who did not think about continuing to work after marriage changed their minds as the economic situation worsened, but in doing so, they tend to forget about some of the very important realistic issues of married life. They need to think outside of stereotypical gender roles and treat their spouse as an equal partner."
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