Three years ago, hoping to get over an unrequited crush, she took matters into her own hands and joined the Ok Cupid dating website. Three years later, she has gone on dates with men in their 30s, 40s and 50s, but has remained single. In 2004, there were 844,100 Singapore residents who were singles, compared to 1,048,100 last year - a jump of almost 25 per cent over 10 years, figures from the Department of Statistics show.The number of singles also rose across all ages surveyed, but the sharpest spike was in the 50s age group.The impetus for the establishment of the SDU stemmed from the findings of the 1980 population census.The results showed an increasing proportion of unmarried graduate women – a trend compounded by the preference among local men for women with lower educational qualifications than themselves, while graduate women preferred better-educated men.This summer, former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew spoke publicly to emphasize again the urgent need for Singaporeans to have babies, warning that the country will "fold up" if couples continue to opt out of being parents.According to his statement, 31 percent of women and 41 percent of men are not having children.
In 2009, the SDS and SDU were merged and renamed the Social Development Network (SDN) so as to reap economies of scale, widen the dating pool and create more opportunities for singles to meet and eventually marry., p. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject.
The SDU was established to correct the trend by providing opportunities for graduate men and women to meet through talks, courses, workshops, dances, parties, dinners, local outings and overseas trips as well as digital matchmaking services.
In October 1984, nearly a year since the unit was started, then Minister for Finance and Trade and Industry Tony Tan reported in parliament that some 700 single men and women had joined the activities organised by the SDU.
He found that having a stream of romantic possibilities was not conducive to finding a committed relationship and stopped using it three years ago This might seem counter- intuitive at first glance.
By all accounts, dating culture should be burgeoning in Singapore with the growth of online dating and dating apps such as Tinder.
According to her, they had channelled all their energies into their careers, but very little into finding husbands.