Chinese women worry about finding spouses

Jan. 10, 2010 at 5:08 PM

BEIJING, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Almost five times as many Chinese women as men worry that they may not be able to find a suitable spouse, a survey shows.

Approximately 41.2 percent of women with an average age of 30 expressed such concerns, as opposed to only 8.1 percent of men, Xinhua reported Sunday.

But while around 40 percent of women said they had high expectations from a potential husband, 44 percent said they would not lower their standards simply to get married, the survey showed.

The survey was conducted jointly over a three-year period by the China Association of Marriage and Family Studies, the Committee of Match-making Service Industries under the China Association of Social Workers, and Baihe.com, a Chinese match-making Web site.

More than 2.02 million respondents, reached through online questionnaires or by random street encounters, participated in the survey, Xinhua reported.

"Many single people especially women are confused in their criteria of a suitable spouse under the pressure from society and work," said Fan Aitian, CAMF general-secretary.

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