South korean dating customs

I’ve been told from multiple sources that it is common for your friends to find you a new girlfriend or boyfriend the day after your break-up.

Because I mean, c’mon, who needs to heal their wounds! All of these notions add up to one clear truth about the couple culture here – it is very superficial.

Being yourself and falling for someone who you truly connect with are things that seem to be on the backburner in certain situations.

Of course, it’s impossible to tell whether or not this is pervasive – relationships are unique in every aspect and shouldn’t be compared to one another, but in South Korea, there is such a desire for relationships that an abundance of them, especially those sought out at young ages, tend to head in the direction of appearance over substance. And when does marriage and serious commitment come into play? “Obviously people date who they are attracted to, but that isn’t the main reason why people date each other.

Valentine’s Day is specified as the day where women buy men gifts ( the other way around).

Now, don’t worry ladies, March 14th is the day where men get to return the favor.

In this article, Rob dives into the intricacies of romantic love & relationships in S. This in-depth essay is the first of a series in which Rob will dissect various topics that make up Korea’s cultural fabric.

also taught me a lot about the culture and the way that things operate over here.

In South Korea, couples are often seen adorning the as your girlfriend or boyfriend when you are out in public together.

Baffled and attempting to explain to them that I was too young for a spouse and also just moved to South Korea by myself, their next question was “Do you have a girlfriend?

” to which I replied (obviously) no and they all kind of laughed and giggled and then asked “Why?!

I am pleased to bring you the first guest writer to this is rocio—Rob Defina.

Rob is a Canadian writer that shares my passion for cultural ethnography.

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