Young Koreans Embrace Plant Life

      April 17, 2021 08:31

      Gone are the days when growing orchids or trimming bonsai trees was regarded as a hobby for retirees pottering about the house. Now growing and looking after plants are increasingly being embraced by sensitive younger people for whom the pace of modern life is getting too much.

      The fad has spawned new words like "planterior," which yields more than 700,000 posts on Instagram.

      A terrarium for example photographs well and can help its owner de-stress in small homes. Park Eun-jin (29), a single office worker in Daegu, said, "Last year, I planted some vegetation in a 30-cm fish tank and put in some rocks and branches like a jungle. Watching it gives me peace of mind, and I change the layout once or twice a month."

      "Young people, who are faced with a lot of frustrations in life these days, are trying to find solace by raising plants, which is relatively easy, and decorating their private spaces for gratification," says Lim Myung-ho, a psychology professor at Dankook University.

      "People get satisfaction from helping each other, and a similar effect can be achieved by connecting with plants when it has become difficult to interact with other people in lockdown." 

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