Young Korean children spend too much time studying and not enough time playing outside, a study suggests.
According to the Korea Institute of Child Care and Education, even five-year-olds spend an average of three hours a day sitting down with learning materials but just over an hour playing outside. The data is based on a survey last year of 2,276 parents and instructors of private classes.
As more and more parents start sending their kids to private classes earlier than ever before, children end up swamped with pressure to learn things before they can even ride a bike. Even two-year-olds spend an average of an hour and nine minutes a day being taught something, while children aged five spend two hours and 55 minutes.