Growing number of people think marriage is not a must: survey
The ratio of people in Korea who think they should get married has been declining over the past decade, a survey showed Thursday, pointing to a growing trend here to delay or give up on marriage.
According to the survey by Statistics Korea, the number of people who said that marriage is a must in their life stood at 62.7 percent. It is the lowest since the statistics agency started to unveil related polls in 1998 when the ratio was 73.5 percent.
The ratio has been on the decline over the past decade. In similar polls conducted in 2002 and 2006, the figures were 69.1 percent and 67.1 percent. They stood at 68 percent and 64.7 percent in 2008 and 2010, respectively, the agency said.
The fall is in line with the growing social trend here in which people tend to delay or give up getting married. Fewer marriages and the resulting fewer baby births are a major social issue that experts worry could undercut the country's overall growth potential.
The survey is part of polls the agency conducted on five fronts, including family, education, health and the environment. About 37,000 people aged over 13 participated in the survey from mid-May to early June this year.
Of the unmarried men surveyed, 60.4 percent said that they are in favor of getting married, while 43.4 percent of female responders said so, indicating a wide gender gap in the perception of marriage, according to the agency.
Meanwhile, the survey also showed that 1.8 percent objected to getting married, which was lower than the 3.3 percent reported in the 2010 survey. Of the total, 33.6 percent said that either way would be OK. (Yonhap)