South Korea, being an Asian country, has a common trait of all Asian cultures, and that is the importance of unity and family. Most Koreans often think dating or being part of a particular club or community is essential to maintaining a happy life. Thus, most daily activities such as eating out, gaming, traveling, and watching a movie are done together. This unspoken rule has made it hard for those who live alone to enjoy their everyday life since food delivery portions are made for two and more people and tickets for many events are sold for pairs or groups.
However, with the rising influence of digital devices, the embodiment of social distancing during the pandemic, and the financial burdens of supporting a big family, many young people tend to live alone. Traveling alone or enjoying food at a restaurant by oneself is getting more and more popular in Korea. Because of the one-person culture, new terms such as ‘honsul’, ‘honpab’, and ‘honyoheang’ have become trendy. These terms derive from the combination of Korean words “by myself” and activities such as eating, traveling, and drinking alcohol. It is not only referred to people who are not married but also to students who live independently or any other person who does activities alone.