In honor of Singles’ Day, China’s state media got together some stats about the country’s solitary, unlovable, lonely masses. Now, on Singles’ Day plus-one, we humbly present a compilation of Xinhua/China Daily’s ground-breaking findings.
Guangdong province accounts for 11 percent of the singles in the entire country of China, likely due to the transient nature of many jobs in the province, coupled with an abundance of jobs (like construction) that tend to be dominated by only one sex. But fear not, sexy Guandgongren, for the internet may be your savior:
The ratio of unmarried men to women has reached 100 to 74.3 in Shenzhen, a city in Guangdong Province, making the city the “capital” for unattached men.[…] The survey attributed Guangdong men’s difficulty in finding the other half to their fast pace of life and devotion to wealth.
Oddly enough, a study by another matchmaking website Jiayuan.com said their male members from Guangdong are also the group that has the highest chance of success in finding a girlfriend, compared to members from other regions. (Xinhua)
While Guangdong may be nothing but single men pursuing wealth and playing around on Jiayuan, things are looking bleak for the women of Chengdu which is, according to Xinhua:
Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, has become the “capital” for unattached women, even though the city is famed for its beautiful women, according to the survey.
While the Guangdongers and Chengdu-ites may be struggling to find some action, no one has it worse than the most wretched, despicable, tormented, beast of them all: the China journalist.
According to a China Daily piece entitled “Journalists lead lonely-heart list” (which, one assumes, was written as a self-pitying letter to a jaded ex) so-called ‘media-professionals’ are the least loved of any major employment group:
According to the report, 4.8 percent of media professionals are single, the highest among all occupations.[…]
When asked why they remain single, 50.9 percent of the respondents blamed their small social circles, while 24.5 percent said they don’t know how to get along with people of the opposite sex.
Some media workers interviewed by China Daily said that low salaries and tight working schedules leave no time for dating.
Zhang Deng, 30, who works for a media website in Beijing, said professionals in the media industry, especially those working for websites, make low wages.
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