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To Work or to Enjoy Leisure Time: What Influences the Predisposition of Married People between the Ages of 30 and 50 to Choose between Work and Leisure?

Lee Na Seo 1 Oh Chi-Ok 1

1전남대학교

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ABSTRACT

Recognizing the mechanism of work-leisure balance in life helps us understand how an individual allocates more time to leisure. This study examined explanatory factors that influence married adults’ predisposition or intent to choose work or leisure when they are given extra time. For data analysis, the 2012 National Leisure Activity Survey was used and a total of 3,441 respondents aged between 30 and 50 were included. Results using binominal logistic regression models revealed that explanatory variables such as gender, age, education level, employment state, number of family members involved and desire affect the amount of time spent on leisure during holidays, and the choice of leisure sharing experiences. Furthermore, women rather than men, and married adults rather than single adults wish for leisure activities during the weekend. Also, having some shared leisure time played important role in choosing leisure if more free time is given. Additionally, an individuals’ willingness to choose leisure rather than work was also positively related to the higher perceived sufficiency of leisure time on weekdays, the leisure cost, and the satisfaction level of the leisure time. Study findings for married adults in the 30s indicate that policy supports are needed so that the employed, high school graduates, and families with many members allocate more time to leisure. Similarly government and community programs will be beneficial that focus on leisure time management on weekends, and leisure experiences with family and others.

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