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Korean Youth Are "Mama's Kids"



It seems that most teenagers and young people here are mama's kids in some sense ― they think it is natural that their parents should pay for their college tuition as well as their wedding.

Statistics Korea released "2010 Youth Statistics," Tuesday, which it releases annually in May, commemorated as the month of family here.

The glimpse into the life and mentality of young people, aged between 15 and 24, shows that they think it is natural to depend economically on their family ― nearly 98 percent said parents should pay for college tuition, and 86.7 percent said the same about wedding expenses.

It also showed that study and employment concerned them most. In the 2002 statistics, meanwhile, study and "appearance" were their two biggest worries. Korean teenagers spend an average of 10 hours and 47 minutes a day studying, while college students spend only 4 hours and 37 minutes.

Three out of four people in elementary school, middle school and high school were receiving some form of private education, costing 242,000 won per month in 2009, 3.9 percent more than the previous year.

One out of 10 surveyed said they had considered committing suicide
, and 64 percent said school life was stressful.

Most Korean teenagers use the Internet every day, and were online for 10.8 hours on average a week. More than 85 percent of college students had blogs, as did 29.4 percent of elementary school children. Thirty-nine percent of elementary school children were using online shopping malls, spending 20,000 won a month, while one out of three had logged on to pornographic Web sites.

The statistics also showed that they are open to cohabitation and multicultural marriages. Over half of the respondents said it was okay for unmarried couples to live together, and two out of three said marrying a foreigner was fine. One out of four teenagers said it was okay to have children without getting married.

This is in contrast with what their parents thought. Among those in their 40s, only 36.8 percent approved of cohabitation.

Young Koreans are getting bigger and taller.
The average height of a 12-year-old boy stood at 158.1 centimeters in 2008, 13.9 centimeters taller than in 1980. They weighed 50.8 kilograms on average, 15.2 kilograms more than in 1980. A 17-year-old boy measured 173.9 centimeters on average, while the average height of girls the same age was 161.2 centimeters.

Source: The Korea Times
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