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Are Pets Replacing Children in South Korea?
Wall Street Journal ^ | 06/07/2013 | Steven Borowiec

Posted on 06/06/2013 6:53:52 PM PDT by TexGrill

When Shin Ye-eun, 33, is not working at her job at an international clothing company, she spends much of her time with Betty, her three-year-old English bulldog. The unmarried, childless Ms. Shin feels a maternal sort of love for her dog.

“I love her like my child. She is my child, and I know she knows that,” she said.

The number of pet owners in South Korea recently passed 10 million, or about one in five people, for the first time. The increase in pet ownership is taking place while fewer South Koreans are getting married and having children, and some analysts suggest the two phenomena are related.

In South Korea, factors such as the high cost of raising and educating children and intense competition for top white-collar jobs have resulted in more adults staying single for longer and having fewer children when they do wed. More South Koreans of child-rearing age appear to be turning their nurturing instincts towards pets.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
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We live in a society that has been de-personalized. These folks who prefer living with pets rather than getting married are people who cannot adapt to living with another person, since a spouse might argue with them on occassion, while a pet dog is happy if you just feed him and take him for a walk. This sounds like a very lonely existance. At least with a spouse you can enjoy the make-up sex.
1 posted on 06/06/2013 6:53:52 PM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill

Ever watch HGTV? A good percentage of younger couples in the market for a new home are buying so their dog/dogs have a nice yard....no kids, of course. Do they think those dogs are going to take care of them in their old age?


2 posted on 06/06/2013 7:01:10 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: txrefugee

ObamaCare Death Panelists will take care of that.


3 posted on 06/06/2013 7:03:56 PM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill

If I had never met the wife, I can imagine myself as a single man and I know that in that instance I would have a dog or two for companionship. So, sue me.


4 posted on 06/06/2013 7:06:39 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: txrefugee

Re your post #2, have you considered the possibility that one could save and invest enough money to have no need for someone to take care of you in your old age?

I’ve never understood that plan to use your offspring to care for you. It’s using them for your own selfish good.


5 posted on 06/06/2013 7:10:17 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: TexGrill

Modern society makes it hard to find and keep a spouse and animals are the substitute for human relationships. At one time, a woman would be called a spinster or a lesbian for not marrying, unmarried men were considered good time guys who had no sense of responsibility. With that “judgmentalism” gone, we now end up with pathetic people wanting to marry their cat.


6 posted on 06/06/2013 7:11:37 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: TexGrill; Norm Lenhart; GOPsterinMA
I Hope Not!!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXZWudcVzEg


7 posted on 06/06/2013 7:15:07 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: TexGrill

In many cases replacing a child with a pet would probably be a step up for the parents!


8 posted on 06/06/2013 7:15:38 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Truth - the new hate speech!)
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To: KC_Lion
I'll take two of them...and call my doctor in the morning.

5.56mm

9 posted on 06/06/2013 7:21:31 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: M Kehoe
Okay, Two it is...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0kD138mk2g


10 posted on 06/06/2013 7:27:53 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: OldPossum

I guess you think doing what families have done for thousands of years is “selfish”. Maybe you think excluding gays from marriage is also selfish?


11 posted on 06/06/2013 7:29:31 PM PDT by impimp
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To: KC_Lion

I feel it is my duty as an American and a heterosexual to assist SoKorea in reversing this trend.


12 posted on 06/06/2013 7:33:07 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: TexGrill
At least with a spouse you can enjoy the make-up sex.

Come on - half the Democrats in America have had make-up sex with a dog. :)

13 posted on 06/06/2013 7:36:09 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Amberdawn

Childless couples, those who can’t afford the grueling process of medical assisted parenthood, single people, who remain so for one reason or another..not always homosexuality, often need an outlet for the very real need of someone, something to care for, someone or something to love beyond themselves.

I do not judge them harshly at all.


14 posted on 06/06/2013 7:37:16 PM PDT by KittenClaws ( You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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(I am just going to say it)

From the Look so Many of those Girls, you would not be the first American to assist the Koreans in reversing that trend.

60 Years of American Genetic Influence is significant.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pA_Tou-DPI


15 posted on 06/06/2013 7:37:17 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: KC_Lion

Don’t try to dissuade me...my mind id set. I WILL reverse the trend! I may not be the Neil Armstrong of the situation, but I can do my part to plant the flag ;)


16 posted on 06/06/2013 7:39:19 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Mr. Jeeves

And the other half ‘were’ the dog.


17 posted on 06/06/2013 7:40:03 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: OldPossum

And who is to say those kids would take care of you?

One of my mother’s friends was dying of breast cancer. Her son rarely visited her and she had to rely on friends for help. After she died, her son moved into her home, moved her ex-husband into her home and blew through everything she spent her life earning and accumulating within a few years.


18 posted on 06/06/2013 7:42:24 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: OldPossum

Paid strangers generally won’t take care of you with the same love and tenderness that your kids and grandkids will.

All manner of things to lift and tote, mostly simple stuff, but the stuff of life and family. My father was a great shopper and taught each of my children how to coupon and how to select the best meats, fruits and vegetables. How to tell if a cantelope or watermelon was ripe.

Went with my son for haircuts and ice cream. How to select flowers for wimmin. The best way to load the dishwasher. How to make a bed with precision.

Money doesn’t buy that.


19 posted on 06/06/2013 7:44:01 PM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can’t solve a problem with brute force, they’ll find a way to fix it with brute forc)
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To: Norm Lenhart
Korea Depends on you Norm!

Although, maybe this interracial breading will help to prevent Balkanization.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7mPqycQ0tQ


20 posted on 06/06/2013 7:47:28 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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