A new infographic from the Shanghai Daily looks at the situation of China’s ‘leftover’ women, a somewhat objectionable term that’s gained traction to describe unmarried women in their late twenties and older. The data are the results of a poll that sought the opinions of nearly 2000 single women in Shanghai.
The survey found that the majority of women didn’t consider the ‘leftover’ label to be insulting:
Near 2,000 single women in the city took part in the survey, 35 percent of whom felt they were “leftovers.” Near 60 percent of the self-proclaimed “leftovers” are 29 years old. About 30 percent of them find the title insulting, but most don’t make any effort to get married, said Jiayuan.com, the survey’s organizing website.
Single interviewees said that from the age of 26, they started to feel different about their single status, and the concern reached a peak when they were approaching their 30s.
Meanwhile, single women who have passed the marriage age – for example, women born during the 1960s – care less about their marital status, and they don’t consider themselves “leftovers.”
The survey showed that about 78 percent of the “leftovers” feel an urgency to find a husband or boyfriend, but only 18 percent are willing to take action. About 41 percent said they still “believe in love,” but don’t have much motivation to pursue a relationship. Almost 20 percent said they are not confident in finding an ideal and stable relationship at all.
Nearly 60 percent said that when families get together, people ask them whether they have a girlfriend or boyfriend.
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