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Korean Social and Lifestyle: It’s good to be single

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In Korea, being unmarried and living alone, one may be called bachelor or maiden, singles, one-person home. These no longer sound unfamiliar even in family-oriented Korean society which had considered marriage essential to establish a family.

It’s good to be single

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It's good to be single

A statistical report by the Korean National Statistical Office shows that as of May 2005, the number of couples getting married has decreased drastically since 1996. The average age of first marriege has become higher continually-30.6 for men and 27.5 for women at present. In these findings, the increasing labor force participation of women and their changing attitude toward marriage with preference for single life are analyzed as chief factors in this tendency.

In particular, the number of single person households among 20-30 year olds accounts for 37% of the total 2680000 households in Korea. The markets are keen about the change in population of singles and see them as major consumers. Sales of electronic products such as washing machines for 3-4 persons, individual coffee makers and mini-sized refrigirators are on a sharp increase, and officetels, one-room apartments are also very popular.

In conclusion, in Korea, marriage is no more a must but an option. It seems to be on the right tract that single life is taken as a form of family.

Credit: Seoul National University

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