Updated June 29, The explosion of online dating apps is failing to dent the popularity of traditional "marriage markets" in China, with a distinct generation gap opening up on whether the digital world can be trusted for matchmaking. The informally organised markets usually take place on weekends in the parks of major cities, with information notices for singles detailing their age, height, job and personality traits.
The parents are worried", he said, as he waited to speak to people browsing a notice for his year-old daughter.
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Like Mr Wang, most people at the market were middle-aged or elderly parents posting notices on behalf of their single children, often without their knowledge. Weekend marriage markets can be found all over China, but Shenzhen has the distinction of being China's largest migrant city — with much of the 20 million population moving to the special economic zone in recent decades. It's a magnet for young workers across China's southern provinces, in a country where more than a quarter of the labour force moves for a job.
That focus on work opportunities and career means the marriage age is higher in Shenzhen than in most other large cities in China Mr Wang believes China lacks a "flirting culture", making dating apps like his particularly suitable for the Chinese market. Mr Wang attributes China's more reserved dating culture to a lack of house parties and bar hopping among young people compared to the West.
While there are around million user accounts for Tantan, the company has had to close another 50 million that were fake or used by scammers. Among the scams common in China's online world are women who insist on a digital cash payment before they agree to meet, and those who take their dates to specific restaurants, only to order, flee and leave the man facing a highly inflated bill.
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It's these stories that help convince advocates of marriage markets that the online world is too risky a place to find true love. Topics: relationships , community-and-society , internet-technology , marriage , china , asia.
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