Some of you may feel that Singapore is not the easiest place to date successfully, and that is not without merit! Here are some reasons why it can feel that way. That is actually also why dating agencies in Singapore are starting to gain real popularity in recent years too. In fact, even the government sensed this issue decades ago, and that it would exacerbate in the future, which is the now present, and started the SDN also known as Social Development Network as a government arm to help deal with this issue.
Firstly, it could partly be a part of a global trend for populations living in cities. Countries like Japan is also seeing declining marriage rates and increasing marriage ages. This is clearly the case in Singapore as well, though to a smaller extent. People living in cities like ours have lots of activities to do, and is quite unlike people living in countryside where they have nothing much other than raising a family and having a simple lifestyle.
Secondly, Singapore is not the cheapest place to live in. As a result, many people need to focus on their careers first to make enough money to live comfortably. Therefore, many people do not give much consideration to marriage in their 20s at all, and only having it happen if it happens.
Thirdly, for many years, the country has been a very career focused city. Most people in SG are driven primarily by desire for success. Perhaps this is due to the ‘kiasu’ culture. This is also partly because of the high costs of living. As a result of this, many people do not give much thoughts to dating and relationships when they are in their 20s and early 30s. Many then want to find a partner and start a family in their mid to late 30s onward. However, many of their immediate social circles are already married or attached at that stage.
However, despite all that, the one of the biggest reasons why many relationships fail is an another thing entirely and has to do with interactions between a couple!