The Conversation UK receives funding from Hefce, Hefcw, SAGE, SFC, RCUK, The Nuffield Foundation, The Ogden Trust, The Royal Society, The Wellcome Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Alliance for Useful Evidence, as well as sixty five university members.View the full list Today, dating shows are an important ingredient in China’s cultural diet, with popular shows like “If You Are the One” and “One Out of a Hundred” attracting millions of viewers.The baby-boom period (1946 to 1965) was a time when couples married relatively young and by current standards had large families.Today the trend for an aging population continues and there are more couples without children, and couples are less likely to marry early and have children.Results were highly consistent across method, showing many similarities across the three dating scenes presented (initiation/meeting, date activities, and date outcomes/conclusions).Consistent with the traditional view of dating, greater expectations for sexual activities on a date were found for men while expectations for limiting of sexual activities were found to be the responsibility of women.Over the last century marriage rates have fluctuated and often corresponded with historical events.During the Great Depression the rate fell, presumably related to high unemployment and negative economic conditions.
I’ve studied how traditional Chinese marriage rituals have evolved in response to globalization.
Prior studies found that men’s and women’s dating expectations include many similar activities.
Here, two studies are reported focusing on activities included in scripts for a “typical date” using first a more qualitative method and then a more quantitative method.
In many ways, dating shows became a powerful way to facilitate these changes.
By looking at the development of Chinese television dating shows, we can see how love and marriage changed from a ritualized system mired in the past to the liberated, Western-style version we see today.