English III

Leisure Time


Koreans over age 10 enjoy an average of four hours and fty minutes of leisure time every day, not counting the time for personal care activities such as sleeping, eating, or work requirements, study, and travel. In terms of how they spend their leisure, sedentary activities such as watching TV or using the Internet generally dominate on weekdays, while activities such as travel and

exercise dominate the weekend. This pattern of leisure activities has been accelerated by the introduction of the ve-day work week.

Koreans pursue their leisure in neighborhood parks for simple exercise and in restaurants and coffee shops for meetings and conversations. Many hike during the weekend. In addition, regional differences in leisure activities occur

in neighborhood parks and open spaces within residential areas, where they are popular with the elderly.

In terms of age, younger people use more interactive media, while older people prefer watching TV and walking. The middle-aged population seems to prefer social drinking and mountain climbing. For the younger generation the proportion

the same as the proportion who watch TV. The purchase of computers and mobile phones is rapidly increasing, both offering easy access to the Internet. In addition, the number of TV channels has increased with the proliferation of cable and satellite broadcasting. Video-on- demand (VOD) use also is increasing.