Arranged marriage vs online dating
When Zhou reached her late twenties, she felt an increasing amount of pressure from her family to get married.In Chinese culture unmarried women in their late twenties and beyond are labeled “leftover women” or 剩女.On dating apps, Zhou says, “We have the autonomy to decide if we feel good about and would like to meet this potential date in real life.” When Jiayuan’s founder Gong Haiyan was a Masters student at Shanghai’s ultra-competitive Fudan University, she came up with the idea for the website in the hopes of helping her busy college friends find love.Privy M8 (M8), a new American matchmaking platform currently targeting young Asian-American professionals, was inspired by the experiences of the founder and CEO Stephen Christopher Liu, who met his wife through mutual friends.The New Marriage Law of 1950 was a radical change that replaced traditional arranged marriages by permitting divorces and requiring that both parties consent to the marriage.The 1980 Second Marriage Law further enhanced marriage freedom and gender equality in China by protecting women’s interests in domestic violence and divorce.She found that it was not only easy to use and fit the pace of her busy professional life, but it also expanded her dating pool beyond local men in her city to access potential partners of better quality from other regions.
’ whereas a Chinese individual tended to ask, ‘What will other people say?
Matchmaking is a long-standing cultural practice in China.
Before 1950, many marriages were arranged by parents who followed the rule of “matching doors and parallel windows,” or 成家立业 -- that is to get married, have children and please their families.
Houran points out the potential unintended consequence: in the age of dating apps, people are pickier and more selective, compared to offline dating.
“People now may more easily develop unrealistic expectations for what they seek in a partner,” he says.
’” Dating in China has changed significantly with the arrival of online dating in the last decade.