SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — A majority of single women are open-minded about living together with a partner before getting married, but only when the parties are committed to eventually tying the knot, a survey said Thursday.
The result is part of a poll by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs on 1,140 single men and 1,324 single women aged 20 to 44, carried out in 2018.
Among men, 77.2 percent said living together first was agreeable if the partners were thinking of getting wed. Among women, the corresponding figure was also high at 70.5 percent. The latest number for women is much higher than the 51.2 percent tallied in the 2015 poll.
When asked the same question for couples who were not set on getting married, however, 52.3 percent of the women were opposed. For men, 56.5 percent said it was OK.
On whether people can choose not to have children after getting married, 78.4 percent of the canvassed women said yes. For men, the number was 63 percent.
Both men and women disapproved of having children without getting wed — 75 percent for the former and 76.2 percent for the latter.
The same survey showed 64.5 percent of the single men viewed divorce as a better option if the couple cannot work out their problems. So did 80.9 percent of the women.
They responded slightly different, however, when children were involved.
While 77.4 percent of the women said they can get divorced even if they have children, comparatively less men (58.2 percent) agreed.
“Such results demonstrate that the norm about maintaining traditional family values, such as staying in the marriage for the sake of children even when circumstances are close to a divorce, is breaking down fast among women,” the report analyzed.
On the question of a single parent, mother or father, being able to raise children alone, 61.2 percent of the men and 75.3 percent of the women answered yes.