By Jin Kyu Kang. SEOUL Reuters - If you are thirty-plus and a woman with a masters degree in South Korea, you may need the help of a matchmaker to find love -- and your worried mother may even end up doing the legwork for you. As women in this rich Asian country have become better educated, with five times as many now getting advanced degrees as inthey have also become more choosy and are less likely to settle for the role of meek spouse traditionally expected of Korean women.
The age at which Korean women are getting hitched has risen by an average 4. At DUO, a matchmaking firm, its 26, members can choose between five different membership programs with fees from 1.
In a bid to attract clients, the site displays the average annual income of its male and female customers, as well as statistics on their professional standing. Critics say the industry prioritizes income, status and materialism. This compares to estimates of around 50 billion won inmedia said.
Experts said anxiety in tough economic times appeared to be playing a part. Emerging Markets Updated.