Fewer Koreans Hold Marriage Sacred

  • By Lee Joon-woo

    November 07, 2018 12:46

    Fewer than 50 percent of Koreans feel the need to marry and more than half think it is okay for unmarried couples to live together, according to a survey of 39,000 people by Statistics Korea on Tuesday.

    The proportion of respondents who think marriage is necessary fell from 51.9 percent in 2016 to 48.1 percent this year, the first time it dropped below 50 percent. Women are slightly more averse to marriage than men.

    A sound majority of 56.4 percent said it is fine for unmarried couples to live together, exceeding 50 percent for the first time and showing how rapidly mores are changing in Korea.

    The survey also found that spending on private after-school classes remains a massive burden in a country where public schools have effectively abdicated their role in educating children.

    Some 64.4 percent of householders said education costs for their kids are a heavy burden. Spending on crammers accounted for the largest portion of their spending with 65.2 percent.

    Many people also want to send their children abroad to study because they have no faith in the education system at home, the proportion rising from 55.6 percent in 2014 to 58.6 percent this year.

    But fewer respondents are afraid for their safety from crime or diseases, falling drastically from 45.5 percent only two years ago to 31.3 percent. The proportion of respondents who are anxious about air pollution rose from 79.4 percent to 82.5 percent.

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