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Singles have multiple concerns

ABOUT 41 percent of single women in China are worried they will not find the right person to marry - but men are far more optimistic.

Only 8.1 percent of single men said they had the same concern.

The figures come from a massive and long-term survey by the All-China Women's Federation and the nation's matchmaking industry.

The survey lasted three years and attracted more than 2.02 million respondents with an average age of 30.

It also said that about 40 percent of women admitted they had high expectations for future husbands. And 44 percent said they would not lower their standards in order to secure a groom.

Tian Fanjiang, an industry leader in matchmaking and chief executive officer of social networking Website, said one of the problems for singles finding partners was a "confused and impatient attitude toward marriage."

"Many single people, especially women, are confused in their criteria of a suitable spouse under pressure from both society and the workplace," Tian told China News Service.

The survey, focusing on Chinese people's attitudes to marriage and love, discovered that about half of the respondents had experienced just one or even no relationship, while 30 percent said they had no idea how to cope with the opposite sex.

More than 40 percent said they would not make any special effort to prepare for a date, nor had any idea about what constituted a successful date.

Nearly 62 percent thought their social networks were too narrow and about 30 percent believed it was almost a "mission impossible" to meet the right person to date within a year.

Based on official data of the first three quarters last year, 11.7 million couples in China married in 2009 and 2.42 million couples separated, the survey said.

The two figures for 2008 were 10.98 million and 2.27 million among the 180 million people of marriage age.

More than 30 percent of respondents could become more attractive to opposite sex simply by improving their self-confidence, according to Tian.


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