Last Friday, the Chinese daily Guangming Daily published the results of a poll conducted by the Communist Youth League of China, which reveals the unwillingness of young people residing in cities to marry. Of the nearly 3,000 respondents between the ages of 18 and 26, 44% of women do not plan to marry compared to only 25% of men who plan to remain single.
The reasons for not marrying vary: 34.5% say they “lack the time and energy”, more than 60% believe that it is “difficult to find a suitable partner”, while others argue the cost of the ceremony or expenses that involves raising children. A third of the respondents stated that they do not believe in marriage, while the same percentage of the participants confessed never to have fallen in love.
The results are alarming for the Chinese government, which has been implementing new policies to promote the birth rate, given the actual population growth rate: lowest since the 1950s. The authorities have already eliminated the two-child rule and have authorized couples to have three children. In addition, a law has been enacted that requires couples who want to dissolve the marital bond to wait 30 days before their application is approved, in order to stop divorces considered ‘impulsive’.
However, government policies may fail despite all its efforts. According to the report, the high cost of supporting a child along with the lifestyle called ‘THINK’ (‘double income no kids’ o ‘double income without children’, in Spanish), which has become popular among couples in the Asian country, makes them rule out the possibility of starting a family with children and instead prioritize their professional growth.
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