Half of Young Koreans Don't Plan to Marry

  • By Yang Seung-joo

    December 07, 2019 08:12

    Young Koreans are becoming more averse to children and child rearing despite frantic government efforts to raise one of the lowest birthrates in the world.

    Now six out of 10 Koreans in their 20s believe stores have the right to turn back customers who bring their children and consider pets "family," while three out of 10 said they would consider breaking off wedding plans if their fiancé is against pets.

    The figures come from an online poll revealed Wednesday by the Korea Population, Health and Welfare Association of 1,000 men and women in their 20s.

    Some 61.4 percent said stores have the right to bar kids from their property, while 19.2 percent said they should. Only 9.3 percent said that violates the rights of children and a vanishing 7.7 percent said it would be cold-hearted. Some 96.4 percent of respondents who own pets said they are part of their family.

    Most were unsure of their prospects. Asked if hard work pays off in Korean society, 74 percent said no, while 74.2 percent said they experienced unfair treatment. But 49.1 percent said they believe they will be happier in the future, while only 7.6 percent said they would be unhappier.

    Asked about marriage, 47.3 percent said they have no intention of tying the knot, while only 18.7 percent said they will. When it comes to having children, 56.9 percent were against, with 36.4 percent of them citing the unfavorable social environment.

    A staffer at the association said, "The values and beliefs of people in their 20s seem very different than those of older generations. We need to consider such changes in coming up with policies for young people."

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