A new study attributes much of South Korea's low birth rate to changing social attitudes in particular to educated, professional women seeing less of a need for marriage and children.
Statistics Korea studied why the country is the only one of the 37 OECD members with a birth rate below one last year it stood at point-eight-four.
The agency conducted a survey of young adults and compared it with demographic data.
If found that many young adults are doubtful about marriage because they're individualistic and are focused more on the present than the past or future.
Also a factor has been a difficult job market in recent years, and soaring home prices and education costs.