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Single-member Households to Become Most Common Dwelling Arrangement in 2045

Single-member Households to Become Most Common Dwelling Arrangement in 2045

SEJONG, Aug. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — One-person families will likely become the most common household type in all South Korean cities and provinces in the next 30 years amid the country’s low birthrate and rapidly aging population, government data showed Tuesday. Households consisting of a single member are forecast to account for 36.3 percent of [...]

Survey Shows Most Adults Dissatisfied with Gov’t Proposals on Cellphone Bills

Survey Shows Most Adults Dissatisfied with Gov’t Proposals on Cellphone Bills

SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Korea Bizwire) — Sixty percent of surveyed adults disapprove of government proposals on lowering telecommunications costs for not meeting their expectations, a consumer advocacy group said Wednesday. A poll by the Green Consumer Network of Korea said 60.2 percent appraised the proposals as inadequate compared with 42.8 percent who felt the move [...]

Majority of Part-time Workers Worry about Being Replaced by Kiosks: Survey

Majority of Part-time Workers Worry about Being Replaced by Kiosks: Survey

SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — A majority of part-time workers expect they will be replaced by kiosks due to the rise in minimum wage, with those working at restaurants and cafes expressing the most concern, a portal survey said Tuesday. Alba, a portal for job seekers, asked 644 members between July 27 and Aug. [...]

Methamphetamine Concentration in Wastewater Near Beaches Doubles in the Summer

Methamphetamine Concentration in Wastewater Near Beaches Doubles in the Summer

SEOUL, Aug. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — A research team at Pusan University recently reported the results of an investigation into the presence of drug residue at three sewage treatment plants near popular beaches. Various drugs, including methamphetamine, were detected in sewage treatment plants near well-known beaches popular among vacationers. The research findings revealed that the [...]

Avoiding Eye Contact Could be a Sign of Social Anxiety Disorder

Avoiding Eye Contact Could be a Sign of Social Anxiety Disorder

SEOUL, Aug. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — The term ‘anxiety disorder’ refers to a mental disorder which interferes with daily life due to abnormal and pathological anxiety and fear. According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s 2016 Mental Illness Epidemiological Survey, the lifetime prevalence rate of anxiety disorders among South Koreans was 9.3 percent, which [...]