Friday, June 13, 2008

Questions, Questions

I saw something that one of my cousins would be interested in, and I was trying to search for it on the internet. I found it, but I needed to register on a Korean website. I went through this long process, only at the very end to be told that I had previously registered and didn't need to do it again. Well, this morning I visited an American website, and was suddenly prompted that my profile needed to be updated - they needed answers to some "security questions", or else I would be denied access to their site in the future. How are these incidents related? Well, in each case there was a long list of questions from which to choose, and you were requested to provide an answer.

American-based Web Security Questions:

  • What is the name of the first school you attended?
  • What is your paternal grandmother’s given name?
  • What is your father’s middle name?
  • What was your favorite place to visit as a child?
  • What is the name of your first pet?
  • Where did you meet your spouse / partner?
  • What is the phone number you remember most from your childhood?
  • What is the name of your childhood best friend?


  • Korean-based Web Security Questions:

  • What is your place of birth?
  • What is my motto?
  • What is my number 1 treasure?
  • What is the name of my most memorable teacher?
  • What is a secret about my body that no one else knows?
  • What is a date I want to remember for a long time?
  • What is a memorable gift I have received?
  • What is the name of my most memorable friend?
  • What is the name of the book that left a deep impression on me?
  • What is a phrase I like from a book I have read?
  • Who do I look up to?
  • What would I be if I were born again?
  • What is my favorite cartoon character?
  • What was my dream during elementary school?
  • Who is number 3 on my cell phone?
  • Where did I go to elementary school?
  • What is the name of my pet?
  • What is my favorite Karaoke song?
  • What movie left a deep impression on me?
  • What is my favorite sports team?


  • What struck me was the difference in the questions between the Korean and the American website. To be fair, there were a few identical questions, such as "what is the name of your first pet" or "what is the name of your first school"? But most of the questions were SO different, I'm sure it says something about the difference between the two cultures. But being an engineer and not a social scientist, WHAT it says about the culture differences I have no idea.

    However, having been in Korea so long, I guess I need to make a personal motto and try to remember my elementary school dreams, just in case I need to register again on a Korean website. As for the item I was searching for my cousin, I'm still waiting on a reply, don't know if I will be able to get it or not.

    2 comments:

    The Stumbling Mama said...

    I find the 3rd number on your cell phone the most interesing...

    Chris said...

    I don't know if you need that explained or not. I know I would have needed it explained up until recently, when I discovered that my cell phones had "short-cuts" for frequently called buttons. It could be just a Samsung thing, since both my USA and Korean phone are Samsung brand. But you can assign commonly-called numbers to each of the 10 digits. So then just press and hold the digit and it dials that person. I used to have a few setup, but I was using the letters as memory aids, not the digits. For example the 4 key has the letter "H" for "home".

    Being the gadget freak that I am, I'm surprised that I had a cell phone for almost 10 years before I learned this trick.