In a recent survey by a dating website, Beijing is has the most “leftover women” in China. Guandong comes in second for single ladies, and Jiangsu in third.
While in the West, single 27-year-olds are no cause for alarm, in China, there’s a special term for this type of lady: 剩女 (shengnu, leftover). 27 years old is often the cutoff point for shengnu status, while single men can be a bit older (30 years old) before they’re considered leftover. Little sexist is it not?
The dating site explains that in big cities like Beijing and Guandong, work stress and pressure are the primary factors for young people’s single-status. Around 80 percent said their life is simply a circle of going and coming back from work, and around 30 percent of them stated they simple do not have time to date. However leftover men population is not the highest in the big cities like Beijing or Shanghai, but Henan, reports 21 Century News.
The report also indicates that the highest rate of leftover men and women are among professions like journalist, lawyers and public relations. The report suggested that journalists and lawyers have large number of acquaintances due to their career, but seem to have hard time to make relationships out of those connections. It is also suggests that lawyers and journalists have certain career risks, which may be a deal breaker for some who wishes to date them. According to the report, this is why 20 percent of leftovers are journalist, and 18 percent are lawyers.
Among leftover men, computer techs are most likely to have a hard time finding a partner because, “they are introverted and socially awkward,” according to The Nanfang.
Want to read more about singles? Here’s “It’s No Fun Being Leftover“.