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Social Media as a Means of Tackling Unemployment in Korea

By September 29, 2016 at 11:41 am

Social media has become the primary means of communication for billions of people around the globe, especially younger users. But is being connected and giving everyone a voice 24/7 really such a good thing? Does it improve our lives at all?

Depending on who you talk to, social media is either a blessing or a curse. It has certainly helped us to connect with one another in ways we never thought possible, but on the other hand, and quite ironically, it has made us far more antisocial. We've seen many platforms come and go over the years, with the current cool kids club consisting of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn. Through these mediums you can follow celebrities, discover new recipes and even find a job, but despite all of their uses there are still many reasons not to use them at all.

In South Korea, the youth unemployment rate is nowhere near the levels of the Middle East or southern Europe. But at approximately 12 percent, the jobless rate has Korean millennials deeply worried. One reason is that the official rate obscures how many young Koreans actually have jobs: fewer than half of the population.

One of the social media memes, “Hell Chosun,” reflects the despair of the younger generation. It’s hard to get a job. The jobs they can get are not very good ones. And those not-very-good jobs are not even secure.

Meanwhile, one easily overlooks all the benefits of social media in improving the lot of the unemployed. Social media is a far-reaching means wider than any form of information. This infinitely means that it connects far more people than the most means of communication. 

As at 2014, the percentage of Social Media users in Korea stood 1t 39.9%, a significant number of the population, which begs the question of why this medium is not being utilized to solve the issue of unemployment.

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