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One out of eight women thinks marriage is a must, the recent survey conducted by the Ministry of Health and Welfare released April 10 showed. Only 13 percent of women said women should get married.
Men with the same opinion took up about twice the portion, 26 percent, according to the survey “The survey of the nationwide state of marriage and birthrate.”
Three years ago, the gap between the opinion of men and women was only about six percent, but the gap has been widening. Women turned out to be more disagreeing to the conventional thought.
While the figure of men agreeing dropped by three percent from 70 percent to 67 percent, women’s did by seven percent from 63 percent to 56 percent. The main reasons for avoiding the marriage were job insecurity and being short of money, according to the survey.
Eighty-seven percent of men and 86 percent of women said so. Also, women were getting more open to divorcing. To the questionnaire “Divorce is okay if problems arise,” women saying “yes” increased gradually, 18 percent in 2003 to 13 percent in 2006 to 27 percent in 2012.
Among the surveyed who were married, 28 percent of women said divorce is okay if problems arise, while only 20 percent of men agreed.
Kim Seung-kwon, an official from Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, who led this study said, ”Unlike foreign countries, Many Koreans still think that couples should have babies. This notion is the main culprit for the drop in birthrate.”