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Frozen 2: No kids allowed?

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By David Tizzard

This week saw reports surfacing online of a whole host of movie-goers being so annoyed by the presence of children in the cinema while watching the latest Disney box-office smash that they were demanding theatres become the latest "no-kids zone".

This is a word that Korean society has heard a fair amount of recently ― perhaps somewhat ironically as the country has the lowest birthrates in the developed world.

The national statistics office reported that the country's fertility rate dropped to 0.88 between July and September, 7.9% down on last year's figures.

More worryingly, or perhaps pleasingly for some, it was the nation's capital, Seoul, that recorded the nation's fewest babies.

There are a variety of reasons for this: economic woes, post-materialism, the continued rise of the "hon" lifestyle, and the gender wars ― again in the news following the recent suicide of two female K-Pop idols and the imprisonment of two male musicians for abhorrent sexual crimes.

So, despite a whole host of ineffective government efforts to reverse this demographic trend, those with kids are seemingly neither front-page news nor at the forefront of people's minds.

A 2018 survey by Albamon found that approximately 64% of workers were in favour of restaurants adopting a "no-kids policy", with 84% of the respondents saying that they had experienced inconveniences because of children.

A follow-up survey in 2019 by Embrain revealed that, again, 66% of people supported no-kids zones in restaurants and........

© The Korea Times