Matchmaking often takes place when Chinese parents ask their personal connections — from close friends to complete strangers — to look for other young singles for them.
When an ideal candidate appears, two young singles will be set up by their parents to give them an opportunity to get to know each other at private, group or family dinners.
Chinese dating preferences are relatively material-driven, and many users, especially women, expect to marry someone who is financially secure and successful.
Chinese dating apps accordingly ask users personal questions, such as “annual income,” “housing” and “the type of car you own.” These questions are not only important for the future life of the potential partner, but also for the “face,” 面子, or public image of their family.
Put more simply, an American asks, ‘How does my heart feel?
’ whereas a Chinese individual tended to ask, ‘What will other people say?
However, many young Chinese resent their parents attempts to interfere in their romantic life.
“People now may more easily develop unrealistic expectations for what they seek in a partner,” he says.Despite these changes, Chinese parents still have great influence in their children’s romantic lives.The older generation often takes responsibility for arranging blind dates for young adults, but only when they are old enough to be married.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.“I cannot deny that there are good guys in my local city,” said Zhou on traditional dating, “but I didn’t find any quality matches after getting to know them.” An increasing number of Chinese have turned to online dating and dating apps.