Survey: Many Korean couples talk less than 30 minutes per day

Dec. 24, 2013 at 3:08 PM
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SEOUL, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A survey of married South Koreans indicates more than a third of spouses talk to one another for less than half an hour per day.

The survey of 1,002 married South Koreans, conducted Nov. 11 to 16 by the Planned Population Federation of Korea, found 32.9 percent of respondents said they spent less than 30 minutes talking to their spouses each day, and 8.6 percent said they talk to their partner for less than 10 minutes on a normal day, the Chosunilbo reported Tuesday.

The federation said 28.7 percent of respondents reported talking to their spouses for more than an hour each day.

The survey suggested 58.8 percent of married people talk to their spouses mostly at mealtimes, while 21.5 percent said most of their conversations take place before going to sleep.

The federation said 34.4 percent of respondents said their conversation was most hindered by getting home late and working weekends, while 29.9 percent said they were too busy watching TV or playing on their smartphones to talk to their spouses. Taking care of children was cited by 19.2 percent of respondents as a conversation killer and 10.3 percent admitted they just had poor communication skills.

The survey found 50.4 percent of respondents expressed love or thanks to their partner only when they felt good, while 25.9 percent said they do so every day, 19.8 percent said they hardly ever communicate such thoughts and 1.4 percent said they never express love or thanks.

The Planned Population Federation did not give a margin of error for the survey.

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