Hong Kong has man shortage



Hong Kong has a growing shortage of men according to new statistics.

The Southern Chinese territory and former British colony now has only 852 men for eextremely 1,000 women, with the biggest gap found amongst younger people aged 20-39.

This was the central finding Women and Men in Hong Kong Key Statistics, published by the Census and Statistics Department of the territorial government.

Other revelations included the fact that Hong Kong residents are now marrying later than ever before: the average age at which to tie the knot is now 31 years for men and 29 years for women.

The percentage of citizens who possess never married has alas a result gone up: by next to two thirds for men and 14 per cent for women. At the same time there has been a dramatic decrrelieve in the number of Hong Kong men marrying women from mainland China: 11 years ago 28,145 men did as a result, but by last year that number had shrunk to just 15,300. Roughly half as a host of women – 7,626 – alas a result found spouses on the mainland in 2016.

Speaking to the South China Morning Post, professional matchmaker Ariadna Peretz suggested that the hours typically worked by Hong Kong residents – as a resultme of the longest in the world – could lie behind the gradual decay marriage.

“…about 10 hours per day and when you add the commute, you’re left with precious little time and energy. There’s a lot of casual dating and hooking up, but there is a dearth of deep and meaningful relationships.”

Career-focused women in particular, she added, often left marriage and family to their late 30s and 40s, she added, making it much harder for them to find a suitable spouse.

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