Sixty-one percent of unmarried men aged between 18 and 34 have no girlfriend and 50 percent of women in this group have no boyfriend—and many of them don’t care, a survey showed.
The percentages of single men and women were both record highs, according to the 14th National Fertility Survey conducted by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research in June last year.
Similar surveys conducted at roughly five-year intervals showed the proportions of respondents without a boyfriend or girlfriend have been increasing since 1987, when the ratios stood at 49 percent for men and 40 percent for women.
In the latest survey, 7,073 unmarried people between 18 and 34 gave valid responses. Twenty-eight percent of all male respondents said they don't have a girlfriend and that they don’t want to get hitched. Twenty-three percent of the single women felt the same way, according to the survey.
"It may be partly because people with few friends are increasing in number," an institute official said.
Forty-four percent of men and 42 percent of women cited "marriage-related funding" in a multiple-answer inquiry on the obstacles to getting married within one year.
This trend was much the same as in previous surveys.