SEOUL, Jan.13 (Korea Bizwire) – A recent report has revealed that retirees spend an average of four hours and 10 minutes with their spouses every day, excluding the time they are asleep.
According to the ‘24th Retirement Report’ issued by the Mirae Asset Retirement Institute, among 505 retired individuals with spouses, 44 percent answered that they spent three to four hours with their significant other every day.
Among the respondents, 26.9 percent answered they spent or two hours ranking second, followed by five to six hours (18.4 percent), and more than seven hours (8.7 percent). Another two percent answered they spent less than an hour with their spouses.
These were the results of the survey conducted on 600 retirees living in the metropolitan area between the ages of 60 and 74.
More than half of the respondents (59.2 percent) answered that they are satisfied with the current amount of time that they spend with their spouses. However, the number of those who answered that they wanted to ‘reduce the time with their spouses’ (34.9 percent) was six times higher than those who wanted to ‘increase spending time with spouses’ (5.9 percent).
Most of the individuals spent time with their spouses watching TV (77.6 percent). ‘Housework’ (8.7 percent) ranked second, followed by ‘having a conversation’ (7.9 percent), ‘hobbies’ (3.8 percent) and ‘relaxing’ (1.8 percent).
When asked how often they went out as a couple every week, the largest number of respondents answered once a week (29.7 percent), while two or three times a month (23.6 percent) ranked second, followed two or three times a week (22.6 percent), ‘less than once a month’ (20.6 percent) and ‘almost every day’( 3.6 percent).
In addition, 21.2 percent answered that they wanted to increase the number of times that they went out with their spouse, while only 4.8 percent wanted to go out less.
Mirae Asset Retirement Institute officials commented that retired couples wanted to reduce the amount of time they spent with each other, while at the same time wanting to go out together more. They suggested that retired couples wanted to improve the quality of time spent together rather than the quantity of time.
By Lina Jang (firstname.lastname@example.org)