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“이러다 이 환경에 안주하며, 단지 그들을 ‘장’의 모토로 내세우고, 사회구현을 한다.” Korean blog post

In the Korean context, cybercafés are a special phenomenon. Unlike in Western countries where they are usually seen as hubs for gaming culture and social interaction (see [1]). Korean cybercafés have traditionally been seen as spaces for solitary, passive use of the internet.

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The first cybercafés in Korea emerged from a need to provide affordable access to computers and telecommunications technology. To this day, they remain relatively low cost (around $0.50 an hour) but are also some of the most expensive places online [11]. This is because there is no competition among them so their prices can be high without customers leaving due to price sensitivity.

The unspoken rule seems to be that people don’t want others to see what they do online at these cafés which might have something to do with why they’re not seen traditionally as hubs for social interaction or gaming culture like in Western countries.

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