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Chinese couples still favor marriage at 26

( Updated: 2015-11-21 09:21

Chinese couples still favor marriage at 26

A couple pose for pictures after registering for marriage at a marriage registration office in Wuxi, East China's Jiangsu province, Nov 11, 2015, or the "Singles Day" called by many netizens and young people. Many young people chose to register for marriage on the "Singles Day" to bid farewell to their bachelorhood. [Photo/Xinhua]

A new survey here in China is suggesting that while trends surrounding marriage in China have been changing, traditional values are still engrained in China when it comes to people finding a mate.

The report shows the current average age at which Chinese people get married remains at 26.

About 75 percent of men got married between the ages of 25 and 34, while more than 90 per cent of women found their husbands before turning 30 years old.

Close to 55 percent of those surveyed got to know their spouses with the help of friends, while people born after 1980 depended more on the internet to find their match, more than any other age groups.

Sociologist Li Song says attitudes towards marriage among Chinese people have changed over the past decades.

"People born in the 1960s are more eager to have a stable life, spouses born in the next decade think more about how to improve marriage. The post-1980s generation appear to be more romantic, while those born after 1990 want more recognition from their marriage partners."

The report shows most couples still follow the tradition that wives do most of the housework while husbands think more about the family's financial status.

The rate of pre-marriage cohabitation among couples born after 1980 exceeds 57 percent, 10 percent higher than in earlier generations.

Contrary to expectations, only around 15 percent of those surveyed considered wealth a key criteria for selecting a spouse, while more than 90 percent said that they put more emphasis on a sense of responsibility and emotional intelligence when looking for a potential partner.

Sociologist Li Song says there is something that can be found in every happy family.

"Couples with a strong sense of happiness usually spend much more time together raising and educating their children. They share equal responsibility when dealing with family matters and taking care of their parents."

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