In South Korea, college-level classes on dating are both popular and competitive to get in.
The classes typically teach various aspects of dating, love and sex.
Students Kim Min-ye and Kim Joon-hyup are taking a class in dating and relationships.
They’ve been instructed to gon a cheap date, and write about it.
“I was curious about men and how they think. When I learned these things, I thought they could be helpful when I’m with my boyfriend,” said Kim Min-ye, a student at Sejong University.
“The goal is to understand differences among people, especially between men and women and how to form good relationships,” said Bae Jeong-weon, professor at Sejong University.
From picking the right partner to coping with break-ups, it’s a lesson dating, love and sex.
“Students learn about sex more through porn than through sex education. They know about sex, but often their knowledge is distorted,” Professor Jeong-weon said.
“Sex education in school doesn’t teach you about sex. They just teach physical differences. Many of my friends learned about sex through porn. So, when they have their first sexual experience, it leads them to make mistakes,” said Joon-hyup.
The class at Sejong University is popular for its dating assignment.
Students are paired with random partners, and required to spend at least four hours with their dates while spending less than $9.
“I had to think of something different. I wanted to bring her to where I work. This way we save money. I learned that I don’t need to spend much money to have a good time.”
In 2018, South Korea had the lowest number of marriages in 46 years, according to Statistics Korea.
And experts believe part of the reason is the lack of full-time employment.
A recent survey found only 1 in 10 college students who graduated found full-time jobs.
“Young people in South Korea are suffering economically, so many feel they don’t have enough money to get married,” said Professor Jeong-weon.
And these students seem to agree.
“Because it’s hard to get a job, there is no money to spare. I can’t afford to meet anyone. Going on a date like this makes me want to date,” said Joon-hyup.
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