There is definitely something wrong in South Korea. More so than anywhere else on earth except maybe Japan.
"Suicide is everywhere,” says South Korean author Young-ha Kim, referring to modern Korean society, in his op-ed for the The New York Times. Countless others have documented what some call “the scourge of South Korea” – the fact that people of all classes, ages, and genders are committing suicide at exceptionally high rates.
The country’s profound economic growth has brought along major social changes. One change has been a sharp increase in the suicide rates among large segments of the population, including adolescents and the elderly. Korea’s suicide rate, attributable to its high-stress society, is among the highest in the world.