The happiness rate for Korean children are at an all time low.
Save the Children, an international charity organization, and Seoul National University’s social welfare research center held a study comparing the levels of children’s happiness across the world. As a result, Korea ranked last in levels of subjective happiness.
According to a study based on 12 countries and 42,567 kids, out of a 10 point scale, kids at age eight ranked 8.2, age 10 ranked 8.2, and age 12 ranked 7.4, thus marking the lowest out of all countries.
Most notable is that even compared to countries with an underdeveloped economy system such as Nepal (8.4, 8.6, 8.5) and Ethiopia (8.2, 8.6, 8.3), Korea fell low.
For another study of satisfaction of family, materials, relationships, society, school, time use, and one’s self, held among 15 countries and 52,141 children, Korea yet again drooped lower than the average.
Satisfaction in looks, body, and grades were especially low, making 7.2, 7.4, and 7.0 respectively. The category with the highest satisfaction was family (8.9).
Lee Bong Joo, professor of social welfare at Seoul National University said, “We see that Korean kids have significantly lower levels of satisfaction regarding their looks and grades because parents compare them to the ideal standards of society.”
The results of the study will be presented at the International Symposium on May 21.