July 23, 2016 08:26
Retiring to the countryside is more stressful than living in the city, a new study suggests.
Although conducted on a small sample, the findings seem to contradict popular conceptions that country life is more peaceful than living in the city.
The study, by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, analyzed data from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of 196,995 people in 2010.
Urban dwellers experienced an average stress level of 2.86 points out of a scale of one to four, while country folk experienced 2.9.
By age group, people in their 30s were the most stressed whether they lived in the city or country, but in urban areas stress levels decreased as they grew older and in the country they rose even past the age of 60.
City dwellers have access to a wider variety of leisure facilities and plentiful public transport, the researchers said.
Another difference is that there are more hospitals and clinics in cities where people can allay their health worries.
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