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Marriage based on economic status is normal in China.
A lot of Chinese women -- and their parents -- even consider a house and car as prerequisites for potential boyfriends.
The people who think this way are what I like to call, “perpetual daters.” This breed, these perpetual daters, don't understand that their relationship is a stage the same way single is. Perpetual daters forget that being single is a not a waiting period.
They don't realize that just because there's not another person to devote your time to that your time isn't still devoted to someone.
Part of the problem, she realized, was how she went about finding a partner.
When she was younger, Ji's requirements for a spouse were focused on practical matters, like income, family background, height, and education. "My parents told me to get married first, and that love can be nurtured later," says Ji.
Maybe you’re divorced and frustrated with dating or haven’t ventured back out to the dating pool.
And if the sparks are flying, you will naturally want to meet in person. As Melbournians know, this is a city spoiled for choice.
A lot of people get confused about the word “single.” They don't know what it means, what it looks like and how they're supposed to act during this “unfortunate state” they've found themselves in.
To them, single is a status symbol meant to be escaped.
Although it's a thriving and exciting city, when it comes to dating, Melbourne is not the easiest of places to be if you're looking for love.
It's that strange irony of being surrounded by thousands of people, yet failing to actually connect - everyone seems to be either too busy to break their routines or too stuck in their existing social circles to meet fresh new faces.
If you are a single woman over 40, you have a love history.