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Men sleep, women socialize on holidays

March 3, 2011 - 11:37 By 배지숙

Last Saturday, 34-year-old office worker Lee Ik-je woke up around noon and spent the day lazing around.

He’d had a dinner-turned-drinking party the previous day with colleagues and didn’t feel well.

“I gave myself some time to recharge, lolling around the home and preparing for a hectic schedule next week,” he said.

On the other hand, 30-year-old office worker Shin Jee-won met her friends downtown, had lunch and enjoyed shopping for a while, then returned home and went to sleep.

“I prefer mingling on holidays and weekends because I can enjoy lunch, have plenty of fun and still manage to take some rest in the evening. During weekdays, I am always in a hurry because the idea of having to work the next day is a big stress,” she said.

According to a recent survey by the online recruiter Incruit of 451 office workers, men prefer sleeping at home while women enjoy outdoor activities on holidays.

In sharp contrast, 36.1 percent of men preferred “binge sleeping” to make up for fatigue from work. Meeting friends, enjoying their hobbies and exercise followed. Among women, “getting together with friends” topped the chart with 48.4 percent, followed by enjoying cultural experiences such as concerts and exhibitions, doing house chores and others.

“I think it is the difference in concept of holiday and rest between the two genders,” Kim Mi-yeon, a section chief at a mid-sized company, said based on her experience.

“Women use holidays for doing something they have always wanted to do but couldn’t spare time for, while men tend to regard holidays as a recharging period for working days,” she said. “More­over, women find chatting quite comforting and rewarding while men think it is self-consuming. They prefer lying down on the couch and enjoying TV.”

Regardless of sex, all workers were reluctant to go to work on Mondays. About 18.3 percent said they become very depressed and another 38.6 percent were somewhat so on Sunday evenings because they had to work the next day.

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"휴일 직장인…男 몰아 잔다-女 친구 만난다"

업무에서 해방되는 휴일, 남성 직장인들은 밀린 잠을 보충하는 데 많은 시간을 쓰는 반면 여성들은 주로 지인과 만나는 것으로 조사 됐다. 

2일 취업포털 인크루트가 미혼 위주의 남녀 직장인 451명을 대상으로 설문한 결 과에 따르면 '휴일에 주로 어떤 일을 하는가'라는 질문(복수응답)에 남성 응답자의 36.1%가 '밀린 잠 몰아서 자기'라고 답했다. 

이어 '친구나 지인 만나기'(35.7%), '취미활동'(29.5%), '자기계발'(25.6%),  '
운동'(25.1%) 순이었다. 

반면 여성은 '친구나 지인 만나기'를 꼽은 응답자가 48.4%로 가장 많았으며 '공연관람 등 문화생활'(39.4%), '밀린 잠 몰아서 자기'(33%), '집안일'(25%) 등의 답변이 뒤를 이었다. 

직장인 상당수는 다가올 평일에 대한 긴장감 등으로 기분이 가라앉는 '일요병'을 호소하기도 했다. 

일요일 저녁이면 괜히 우울해지느냐는 질문에 '매우 그렇다'는 대답이 18.3%, '다소 그렇다'는 응답이 38.6%를 차지했다.

'별로 그렇지 않다'(17.1%)거나 '전혀 그렇지 않다'(5.3%)는 답변은 소수였다.

주말에도 일할 때가 있느냐는 질문에는 3명 중 2명꼴인 66.5%가 '그렇다'고 답해 업무가 휴일까지 연장되는 경우도 적지 않은 것으로 나타났다.