Can you imagine watching Descendants of the Sun without the very masculine and undeniably attractive Captain Yoo Shi Jin played by actor Song Joong Ki? Or anticipating the annual Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) without your favorite boy bands? You just can't, right? Well, it might be a future problem as men and women ratio in South Korea is currently out of proportion.
According to Korea Times, statistics released by the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs (MOGAHA) in June 2015 showed the number of women exceeds men count for the first time since the 1960s.
The first official census was traced back in the 1960s and last year, women outnumbered men in Korea by 492. And according to recent reports, this disproportion rapidly grows each year.
sources, latest documents released by the Korean government revealed the count has boomed to an additional 30,000 from last year's record.
Korean women are said to have higher life expectancy than men.
"Women are known to live longer than men, proven in many developed countries, which Korea is increasingly moving towards," the ministry representative shared.
Also, Korean population is noticeably fast aging said the ministry.
This claim was seconded by a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) saying women live an estimate of 7 years longer than men. And by the year 2026, 14 percent of the country's population will be aged 65 or older according to Statistics Korea.
Aside from that, aside from traditional customs where families prefer male children, these days, Koreans have equal admiration to all genders.
Meanwhile, Hallyu supporters worry for the current success of male actors and artists if 10 years from now, as projected by the government, there will be lesser young males.
The government already recognized the situation but has yet to develop to a solution. Instead, it aims to strengthen the social security system to protect each citizen especially the vulnerable and neglected.