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China is quickly becoming a country of singles, withits unmarried population reaching 200 million in2015.
Though media outlets and government bodies areworried about the consequences caused by the so-called wave of singledom, demographers anduncoupled Chinese citizens believe the trend willonly grow in the future.
Among the 200 million unmarried men and women in China, over 58 million are living on theirown.
The unmarried population in China accounted for 14.6 percent of the country's population in2013 - a percentage that has skyrocketed from 6 percent in 1990.
Demographers believe that the independence of modern Chinese women is one of the maincauses of the growing unmarried population.
According to research conducted by Tencent in 2016, 36.8 percent of single Chinese womenbelieve marriage is not necessary to live happy lives.
"Traditionally, a woman is expected to stay at home, taking care of her husband and children.Without income, women were tied to their marriages and husbands. In modern times, womencan also have an income, which allows them to choose to be single," Li Yinhe, a leading Chinesesexologist, told Reference News.
Su Cen, an expert in gender studies, said Chinese women nowadays prioritize emotionalconnection over material wealth. Most women would not force themselves to accept a marriagedevoid of affection.
Though demographers believe that the single boom will become even more pronounced in thefuture, the concept of marriage is still highly valued in Chinese society.
"For thousands of years, Chinese people have attached great importance to reproduction,believing that this is the best way to become 'immortal.' Such traditions have strongly affectedthe Chinese view of marriage; even many gay men marry women just to have a child," Li added.