The number of single youths between the ages of 20 and 39 in China has reached 20 million, and the total single population of the country is 58 million.
According to statistics from an online dating website, first-tier cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen have become dense settlements for single young people. Some argue that being single his now the norm for young adults, while others believe that those who live alone will inevitably become lonely.
For the purposes of the survey, single young people are defined as single people living and working independently in metropolises with fixed accommodations. Due to high living costs, this population is often under huge pressure. Lacking a sense of belonging in the cities where they work, they often struggle with their migrant identity, relationship status and lack of property.
Though social media can be balm when it comes to spiritual care and support, it does not offer a real, permanent solution. Instead, many believe, this population requires true friendship and romance.
According to China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs, Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an, Wuhan, Dongguan and Changsha are the top 10 cities with the most single people in the country. Most Chinese cities are plagued by gender imbalance, which is one major cause of the growing trend of singleness.
Experts suggest that young people expand their social networks, seek out new friends and improve their communication skills to break out of their solitary situations.