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More on marriage in China

More on marriage in China

We reported here earlier in September on dating in China. 

A September 20, 2016 article in BBC News provides another perspective.

According to posts on Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging (weibo) website, many Chinese are doubtful about the institution of marriage.

No economic incentive

One person who posted to Sina Weibo suggested this is because of better education, "but also because they have good incomes and have lost the economic incentive to marry."  Tens of thousands have expressed their agreement and offered their opinions as to why marriage is not an attractive option in China.

Higher aspirations

"Gan Zhaoji" says she has other aspirations. "If I was admitted to a graduate school then I would be pursuing my dreams, but marriage is not a necessity. But how do I say that I don't want to get married, but do want a child?"

"LostCici" agrees, saying she doesn't want to succumb to social pressures. "I don't want to get married because others tell me to get married; I don't want to have a baby because others tell me to have a baby."

A male user, "Yang Tingting", says "the cost of marriage nowadays is too high; people would rather live a different life."

Stigma to being unmarried

Many agree that there is a stigma attached to not getting wed; either from partners or parents.
"Lin Maomao" says: "I think it is quite a strange phenomenon: some men do not want to hear a woman say she does not want to get married."

"Zhao Qingji" says: "If there were no social factors, I would not want to get married. My feeling is that it is not the be-all-and-end-all."

Read the entire article at BBC News