This is what happens when the media sets unreachable standards for consumption and progress.

A survey finds that the number of Koreans who consider themselves lower-class in terms of socioeconomic status has increased, while fewer people consider themselves middle-class.

In a National Statistical Office survey released on Monday, some 53 percent of respondents saw themselves as middle-class, while 45 percent said they were lower-class and one-point-five percent said they were upper-class.

According to the findings, more people are dissatisfied with their lives, while only 29 percent expressing satisfaction.

I think a lot of this is down to TV dramas and the “real lives” they portray. In America it might be described as the OC syndome.