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(From People's Daily Online)|
A new survey here in China is suggesting that while trends surrounding marriage in China have been changing, traditional values are still engrained in China when it comes to people finding a mate.
The report shows the current average age at which Chinese people get married remains at 26.
About 75 percent of men got married between the ages of 25 and 34, while more than 90 per cent of women found their husbands before turning 30 years old.
Close to 55 percent of those surveyed got to know their spouses with the help of friends, while people born after 1980 depended more on the internet to find their match, more than any other age groups.
Sociologist Li Song says attitudes towards marriage among Chinese people have changed over the past decades.
"People born in the 1960s are more eager to have a stable life, spouses born in the next decade think more about how to improve marriage. The post-1980s generation appear to be more romantic, while those born after 1990 want more recognition from their marriage partners."
The report shows most couples still follow the tradition that wives do most of the housework while husbands think more about the family's financial status.
The rate of pre-marriage cohabitation among couples born after 1980 exceeds 57 percent, 10 percent higher than in earlier generations.
Contrary to expectations, only around 15 percent of those surveyed considered wealth a key criteria for selecting a spouse, while more than 90 percent said that they put more emphasis on a sense of responsibility and emotional intelligence when looking for a potential partner.
Sociologist Li Song says there is something that can be found in every happy family.
"Couples with a strong sense of happiness usually spend much more time together raising and educating their children. They share equal responsibility when dealing with family matters and taking care of their parents."
The survey results also show that just over 45 percent of respondents married partners from their own area, a figure that has decreased during China's urbanization process.
As expected, loyalty is still seen as the most important factor for maintaining a healthy marriage.
More than 80 percent of those surveyed said they had never considered divorce.
Love and marriage expert Chen Xu suggests, besides mutual trust, responsibility is also vital for a stable marriage.
"People, especially those at a young age, should take it seriously when making the decision to get married or have a baby. Divorce is not a perfect option in the face of a marriage crisis. Young people should learn to be more responsible after getting married."
The report was published by the China Association of Marriage and Family Studies.
Over 10,000 responses were collected, spanning 10 major Chinese cities, including Beijing and Guangzhou.