A Majority of 20 Year Olds Eat, Drink, and Watch Movies Alone

Trevor Hong, Jan. 13, 2017, 9:22 a.m.

Seven out of 10 people in their 20s frequently eat, drink and watch movies alone, but the amount of time people spend on leisure activities has dwindled among all age groups.

The Korea Culture and Tourism Institute polled 10,000 people over 15 and found that people spend an average of 3.1 hours on leisure activities on weekdays, which is much the same as it has been over the last decade.

But the time they spend on active leisure at the weekend, as opposed to just sitting around or working, fell from 5.8 hours in 2014 to just five hours. But they spend more money on less, up from W130,000 in 2014 to W136,000 last year (US$1=W1,180).

More and more people are happy to go out by themselves, rising from 56.8 percent in 2014 to 59.8 percent last year. The family loses out instead, down from 32.1 percent to 29.7 percent. A whopping 76.2 percent of respondents between 15 and 29 said they eat, drink and watch movies by themselves.

Watching TV naturally topped the list of activities people do by themselves, but people seem to do it less now everyone has a smartphone, with the proportion falling from 51.4 percent to 46.4 percent.

Next was Internet surfing, which rose apace from 11.5 percent to 14.4 percent, followed by computer games (4.9 percent), going for walks (4.3 percent), listening to music (2.8 percent), chatting with friends on the phone or texting (2.4 percent), exercising or working out (2.4 percent), going to sports games (1.5 percent) and swimming (1.4 percent). A paltry 1.4 percent named reading.

Theater and other cultural performances rose from 71.3 in 2014 to 78.3 percent last year, the biggest clip of growth since statistics started in 2003.

Among those, 73.3 percent go to see movies and concerts, 13 percent go to the theater, 12.8 percent to art exhibitions, and 10.2 percent to musicals.

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