SEOUL, Oct. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – According to an online survey conducted by job site Albamon, more than a quarter of South Korean university students don’t read books outside of school-related material.
Of the students participating in the survey, 474 of the 1,289 (36.8 percent) responded that they did not read books unrelated to school.
Among the reasons given, the most popular at 59.7 percent was “lack of reading habit”. Other reasons were “not having enough time” (32.9 percent), “having more fun things to do” (29.1 percent) and “[don't read] because the internet can provide relevant information” (26.6 percent).
The 815 students who answered that they did read literature apart from school work read an average of 15.8 books every year, for 45.8 minutes a day.Average expenditure towards purchasing books was 135,000 won per year, with 65.2 percent responding that they bought books at a bookstore and 13.5 percent stating that they ordered their books online. The report also noted that 59.3 percent said they made use of a library.
Readers heavily favored literature (50.4 percent) and the humanities/liberal arts (45.4 percent) as reading topics. Publications related to one’s major (27.2 percent), hobbies (19.8 percent) and foreign languages (9 percent) were also popular.
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