Sexual attitudes changing in South Korea

June 2, 2006

Two-thirds of South Korean college students said premarital sex was acceptable, reflecting an increasingly liberal mindset among Korean youths, a survey showed.

Bien-Aller, a Seoul-based matchmaking company, conducted a survey of 528 male and female college students across the country between April 25 and May 27, the Korea Times reported Friday.

The survey showed that 67.4 percent of respondents said having sex had nothing to do with marriage, while the remaining 32.6 percent said either they would never have premarital sex, or sexual relations were acceptable only if a couple planned to marry.

About 35 percent of 249 male students said it was okay to have sex with someone they loved, whereas 28 percent said sex without love was okay. Nearly 13 percent said they would have sex only with someone they planned to marry.

Of 279 female students, 27 percent said they would have pre-marital sexual relations only with a person they planned to marry, and 17 percent said they would never have sex before marriage.

Male students are more willing to have casual sex than their female counterparts, the survey concluded.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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