Over the years, scientists have been interested in the frightening topic of human extinction. Though most of the studies are predictions made by modern-day habitual trends, it is nevertheless a viable hypothesis. Some of the factors considered in predicting the problem include overpopulation and food shortages. Then there are the apocalyptic scenarios, such as astronomers predicting if asteroids or meteors will collide with the Earth, causing a situation similar to what killed off the dinosaurs.
Though the above scenarios are debilitating, it seems scientists are becoming more precise with them. They are doing this by predicting when certain races will cease to exist. With that in mind, it is now predicted that South Koreans will be extinct by 2750 unless they face their demographic crisis head-on, right now.
According to DramaFever, South Koreans will face natural extinction by 2750. The reason for such is their birthrate. This is not good to maintain any race, for couples need to reproduce two children in order for a race to continually exist. In South Korea however, women are statistically having 1.19 children. This means most families are only having one child.
Reasons behind why the birthrate is so low, as well as the results for such a low birthrate, were researched by the Brookings Institute, commissioned by the National Assembly in Seoul. For example, childbirth is usually something pursued by married couples, yet in a government survey in South Korea of respondents aged 9 to 24, more than 50 percent of women were not interested in marriage. As a result of the survey, it is estimated that South Korea’s second largest city, Busan, is predicted to go extinct by 2413. Seoul had a few more decades to exist as it was predicted to go extinct by 2505.
It however must be noted the scenario does not include significant inflow of migrants or the possible reunification of North and South Korea sometime in the future. Though the latter is not expected to happen anytime soon, the fact Korean entertainment (K-pop, K-dramas, etc.) is growing in popularity outside of South Korea, it may contribute to more foreigners being interested in moving to South Korea.
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