South Korea cuts human interaction in push to build ‘untact’ society | South Korea | The Guardian
The government invests heavily to remove human contact from many aspects of life but fears of harmful social consequences persist
For Seoul-based graduate Lee Su-bin, the transition to a new lifestyle during the pandemic was no big deal.
“At the university library, I would reserve my books online, which would then be sanitised in a book steriliser before being delivered to a locker for pick up,” the 25-year-old says.
“Untact has made many aspects of life so convenient.”
Introduced in 2020, “Untact” is a South Korean government policy that aims to spur economic growth by removing layers of human interaction from society. It gathered pace during the pandemic and is expanding rapidly across sectors from healthcare, to business and entertainment.
The push to create contactless services is designed increase productivity and cut bureaucracy but has also fuelled concerns over the potential social consequences.