Many American teenagers expect to date several people before they settle down with one person, and they may view dating during their teenage years as primarily for fun.In cities like Beijing and Shanghai, some young people follow Westernized dating customs.They will detail all the ways in which a man is not worthy of their love for the whole country to watch on the China's most popular dating show.
Part of this stems from the still present notion of , or 剩女.
But the “goods” being hawked by the seasoned ladies behind the stalls are not scarves or souvenirs, but rather singles.
Welcome to the People’s Park “marriage market,” where thousands of adults — mostly aging parents — come daily to scan the sea of personal ads, meet with matchmakers and chat up other parents eager to find a partner for their overworked, unwed children.
This is the world of Chinese online dating, a nascent industry that has taken off and is expected to break two billion RMB (US8 million) in total annual revenue by 2014, according to a recent report by Analysys International.
What is interesting about Chinese online dating is not only its rapid growth in a conservative society that frowns upon courting more than one person at a time, but also its potential to change the social norms that are part of dating both online and offline.