As for why these Chinese Gen Z-ers don’t want to get hitched, 34.5% of those surveyed cited “not having the time or energy to get married.” Meanwhile, 60.8% of the Chinese Gen Z-ers polled said they found it “difficult to find the right person.”
Participants mentioned several other reasons for not getting married, including the financial cost of marriage and the economic burden of having children. A third of the respondents also said they did not believe in marriage, and a similar percentage said they had never been in love.
This May, China also launched a new three-child policy, lifting its previous ban on having more than two children per couple. The scrapping of the two-child policy was the second time in five years that China made a significant change to its population control guidelines. In 2016, the Chinese government reversed its one-child policy, which was implemented in 1979 to suppress the country’s population boom.
This landmark shift in China’s population policy this year came after reports that it had recorded its slowest population growth rate since the 1950s. These numbers were revealed in its once-in-a-decade population census, which noted that the average annual growth rate of the Chinese population declined to 0.53% during the last ten years – down from 0.57% between 2000 and 2010.