67% of singles want to have two children, according to a survey conducted by a leading Chinese dating site Zhenai on the heels of China’s two-child-policy formally going into effect. Contradicting the assumption that more educated people want less children, Zhenai also found that even 58.6% of respondents with a bachelor degree or higher desire two kids.
According to ECNS, 70.8% of single men earning more than 20,000 yuan ($3,065) a month would take up the government’s offer to raise a second child.
66.7% of the respondents reported feeling the (unwelcome) social pressure to snatch up a spouse. “Every time I come home on holiday, my parents try to rush me into a marriage,” complained one respondent, “I just lower my head and say nothing.”
Still, 45.9% also admitted to being eager to get married and 21.23% said they were anxious about the prospect of passing the “optimal age” for engagement.
A mere 2.9% claimed to enjoy single life, which is… unsurprising considering the source.
Amazingly, 97% of respondents showed good sense by preferring to get married after the age of 25.
In fact, a good portion of women would rather wait until their thirties to start popping out babies, with 45% preferring the 30-35 year age bracket. 35% are even willing to have their second kid after the age of 35.
It’s interesting to compare the above stats with the less-than-enthusiastic response to the idea given by married couples late last year — from this we may be forced to conclude that the nuclear family actually kills everyone’s hopes and dreams, but admittedly there are exceptions.
By Pinky Latt