Skip to comments.Are Pets Replacing Children in South Korea?
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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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?
ObamaCare Death Panelists will take care of that.
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.
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.
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.
In many cases replacing a child with a pet would probably be a step up for the parents!
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?
I feel it is my duty as an American and a heterosexual to assist SoKorea in reversing this trend.
Come on - half the Democrats in America have had make-up sex with a dog. :)
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.
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.
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 ;)
And the other half ‘were’ the dog.
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.
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.
Although, maybe this interracial breading will help to prevent Balkanization.
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