Single Society Arrives, China‘s Marriage Rate Continues to Decline for 9 Consecutive Years
As time goes by, more and more people are choosing not to get married. In China, the marriage rate has been continuously declining for 9 years, almost halved. What does this phenomenon mean? Some people don’t get married because the cost is high and the return is low. In fact, marriage in modern society no longer has the economic benefits it used to have. Due to soaring house prices and increased family burdens, many young people are discouraged. In addition, women have a higher willingness not to get married than men, which is related to the premise that marriage means having children, and economically women will suffer greater losses.
However, people’s attitudes towards marriage have changed, and many young people value personal qualities more and pay more attention to the conditions of their marriage partners. Currently, in the middle-income group in cities, the era of the “soft class” is coming. At this time, not getting married has become a new mainstream trend, and the number of single people is gradually increasing. The popularity of single households is due to the diversity of modern society, and the utility of the family is no longer exclusively monopolized by marriage. In this era, individuals can also live comfortably and happily.
The impact of not getting married is not only reflected at the individual level but also has a significant impact on the entire society. Currently, the birthrate continues to decline, and the natural population growth rate is even lower than Japan’s. Although some experts call for various matchmaking measures, they actually have no effect. For example, in Japan, matchmaking activities and various policies encouraging marriage cannot stop the increase of the single population. The correct approach is to find ways to revitalize the economy, adjust policies, and have more institutions and individuals replace the utility of families in modern society. At the same time, it is also necessary to encourage young people to actively pursue traditional values such as marriage, family, and children, and strengthen moral education and family education. In short, the trend of not getting married reflects social changes and changes in people’s lifestyles to some extent, but it also reminds us to maintain the continuity and inheritance of culture, tradition, and values, so that families can continue to play an important role in modern society and contribute to social harmony and stability.