More People Living in Digital Cocoons
May 24th, 2006

A new lifestyle trend is springing up in South Korea, one of the world’s most advanced digital hotbeds more and more folks are retreating to their homes instead of socializing with others. The Korea Times reports.

Experts call the phenomenon “digital cocooning” because such a fad is enabled and accelerated by the digital revolution, which is occurring here in a full-fledged manner.

“The advent of Internet and wireless technology is generating two seemingly conflicting tendencies – some are enjoying a nomadic outdoor life thanks to wireless gadgets while others stay nested up at home with them,” said Park Jung-hyun, a senior consultant at LG Economic Research Institute.

“The former can be called digital nomads, the latter digital cocoons, or ones who retreat into the seclusion of their homes for privacy or escape,” Park added.

“If digital cocooning represents future trends, it is understandable that such digital alienation mushrooms in technologically-advanced Korea faster than other countries,” he said.

… Samsung Head: Most Famous Digital Cocoon? Korea’s richest businessman, Samsung Group chairman Lee Kun-hee.


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