Reasons for being opposed to marriage?
Women: 24.3% patriarchal society, gender inequality / 25.3% being single makes me happier
Men: 51.1% financial reasons / 29.8% being single makes me happier
Jang Jung Woo, 26, male, company employee: "Not getting married has become a reality. We've reached a society where it's become a major decision to choose to get married than to not to. My reasons are financial but I have seen no reason to increase my lifestyle from an individual to a family. I think we need to step away from the notion that a 'normal' family only consists of a mom, dad, and a kid. If I have the means, I'd love to have a child, but we need to fix the system so that if a child has a birth story that's different from others, they won't be pitied for it."
Kim Ji Hyun, 25, female, company employee: "Not getting married is my preference. I have my skepticisms about marriage and our patriarchal society but I have chosen not to get married even if I have the financial means to do so. I don't want to deal with the drama of having in-laws and it's just not a lifestyle I'd choose to take on."
Hong, 26, female, company employee: "I want to be in love but I want to step away from the expectation of marriage. My older sister of four years got married and moved out from the family and my parents supported her by buying her marriage gifts and a down payment for the house, but when I wanted to leave the family to live on my own and asked for the same support, they said 'absolutely not.' Marriage is seen as a completion of something that's deserving of support and choosing to not get married is seen as being 'incomplete'. People don't see that in the end, it's all a decision that is made by an individual. I think the government needs to see marriage and birth rates as two different things. The government is still holding on to the notion that marriage = babies, which is why they're still failing to raise the birth rates after 10 years. I dream of having a daughter of my own from a donor and living a happy life together. I yearn to give birth but our society does not give many rights to unmarried women and men."
Kim Min Joong, 25, male, freelancer: "I decided not to get married when I felt that life was overwhelming enough for me as one person. Unless we're wealthy, we'd have to both have jobs, and I don't think it'd be easy to raise children with two jobs."
If you lead a successful life and have the financial means, would you choose to get 'married' or 'not married'?
Women: 67.4% chose to 'not' get married
Men: 76.8% chose to get married
Changes in views on marriage culture
Orange text: men and women can live together without being married
Yellow text: people can have children without being married