Almost half of all young Shanghainese born after 1980 get married within the first year of their relationship according to a recent academic survey.
It found that 45.2 percent of respondents got married within the first year of their relationship and that 53.6 percent were introduced to their partner through either family or friends.
The report, published by the Population Research Institute at East China Normal university, was compiled after surveying married people under the age of 35 within eight districts of Shanghai.
The survey revealed the average age difference between most couples was 7-12 years, with men most likely to be the older partner in the relationship. Only 27.4 percent of couples surveyed were the same age as each other.
Both men and women had almost the same preferences for what occupation their partner should have, with most desiring that they work either for the government, as a skilled technical worker or as a white collar worker.
After getting married, 20 percent of couples chose to live with the husband’s family, while only 2 percent chose to live with the wife’s family. Of this group, 5 percent plan to live with one partner’s parents long term.
With regards to the phenomenon of divorce, over 60 percent stated that they disapproved of the statement “the growing popularity of divorce is a sign of societal progress.”
By Lucy Liu and Dominic Jackson
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