Koreans used to love collective culture but it seems that this culture has now been demolished. The change in psychology and behavior of young people of kimchi is increasingly clear. They shifted from a traditional community lifestyle such as going to eat with colleagues after working or climbing the mountain together to go to dinner, watch movies, travel alone.
From the perspective of modern Korean youths, you only live once in your life, so live for yourself instead of living for others, living for the present instead of for the future. Therefore, they ignored all the detractors and headed towards this new style that was full of controversy.
Professor Jeon Mi-young (Seoul National University) once spoke at a TV interview program: People ‘s consumption habits are much different now – They no longer bother other people think. What about my spending behavior? In particular, their consumption trends are also more entertaining than rational.
Indeed, the wave of eating alone, called “honbap” by Koreans, is made up of two words “honcha” (alone) and “bap” (rice), which are rising strongly in recent years. This is in stark contrast to the family meal picture or friends’ party parties that were popular in Korea before.
Park Da-som, a 25-year-old banker, said: “In the past, when I went to eat alone, people looked at me very strange. But now, I think society no longer considers it odd. Eating alone is a new trend in Korea. ”
Keeping up with this trend, companies and businesses have offered programs and incentive products if someone goes out to eat and go out alone. “We welcome people to the restaurant alone” – Billboard of a bar in downtown Hongdae, capital of Seoul.
Even married … alone
Along with the wave of individualism, many Korean women want to focus on their careers and not consider marriage a must. Some even celebrate “single weddings” with a series of bridal gowns in a wedding dress alone or hold a ceremony – Partly to “undo” the amount of the wedding reception they attended.
Normally, women will always want to have a sparkling wedding with luxurious guests, the groom stands on stage waiting for the bride to enter the ceremony. However, Korean women are giving themselves the right to “live differently” in a way that they consider to be personal and independent.
Looking at the current state of society, it is easy to understand why young people increasingly like “alone”. The high unemployment rate, low wages and expensive housing prices have made young generations feel a gloomy future ahead. In addition, the pressures of family and society make them want to “rise up”, get out of prejudices and spend time searching for more egos.
Young Korean people think that connecting with the community and increasing relationships will make them tired, stressed, troublesome, even more expensive … That makes them increasingly afraid to live together, day the more you want to separate yourself from the group and live apart. They also become lazy and don’t want to get married.