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Chinese online dating services have grown increasingly popular as they draw on traditional Chinese dating values such as material security and marriage-focused relationships, and expand connections beyond the screen with offline events and relationship counseling services.
Compatibility expert James Houran, says, “American culture emphasizes individuality whereas Chinese culture places more importance on the community as a collective.
However, many young Chinese resent their parents attempts to interfere in their romantic life.
When Zhou’s parents played matchmaker for her, she felt that if she didn’t like the guys chosen by her parents, it would lead to arguments where her parents blamed her for being “too picky.” Dating apps in China instead empower the individual where life is catching up with the law.
Jiayuan and Baihe, China’s most popular dating sites, had around 126 million and 85 million registered users in 2015 respectively (Tinder had about 50 million active users in 2014).
In contrast to a slew of popular dating apps in the West that are commonly associated with a casual “hook-up” dating culture, Chinese online dating services are typically used by those in search of lasting connections and relationships — although this gradually may be changing.
’ whereas a Chinese individual tended to ask, ‘What will other people say?
Baihe started out as a networking site called “Hey You” but transformed into a dating site after executives realized that the most active users were young singles.
Despite the common stereotype of dating apps being used for casual hookups, these apps are typically used by people who are looking for lasting connections.
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.