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Older singles Life interviewed say the challenges they faced include ambivalent attitudes towards dating, dwindling social circles, a mismatch in expectations and a self-sufficient lifestyle.
Sometimes I would meet someone who I may not have had any connection with.
Having given up on dating apps, he says he still wants to find a wife who shares his Christian faith. Another common reason that older singletons give about their lack of prospects is their shrinking social circles.
As they get older, more of their friends get hitched and start families. Kang, 40, who has never had a relationship, puts it this way: "As a single, you tend to hang out with singles.
In her business administration course at the National University of Singapore and at her places of work, women also outnumbered men.
Two years ago, she attended events organised by dating agencies, but found it "draining and depressing" when she did not find a suitable match.
Expectations of what a partner should be like are thorny issues to navigate.
Life found that men's concerns tend to revolve around appearances and child-bearing abilities of their partners, while women's preoccupations centre on financial stability in their potential husbands.
There are also those who find online dating exhausting, meeting person after person on first date after first date.I'd think, maybe another girl would be better.'' MR BENJAMIN KOH, 36, on using a dating app .He found that having a stream of romantic possibilities was not conducive to finding a committed relationship and stopped using it three years ago This might seem counter- intuitive at first glance.In a sense, these numbers are not surprising as marriages worldwide are following the same trend: people are getting married later - or not at all.Delaying marriage is reflective of most developed countries, says associate professor Paulin Straughan, a sociologist at National University of Singapore (NUS). I sometimes spend weekends with my elder brother and sister and their children.
By all accounts, dating culture should be burgeoning in Singapore with the growth of online dating and dating apps such as Tinder.