Undergrads don't love the idea of dating
Survey finds young people here put grades, job hopes before relationships
FACEBOOK "confession" pages, which allow users to share secrets anonymously, may have helped lovelorn students express their romantic intentions to their objects of affection, but the majority of undergraduates do not want to date, a survey has found.
Some 400 undergraduates aged between 19 and 25 from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University and SIM University were asked what was most important to them.
And romance was not anywhere on top of their minds.
The survey found that six in 10 respondents are not in a relationship. Of these, seven in 10 have no plans to actively pursue one.
Respondents were asked to rank these options in order of priority*
1 Getting good grades
2 Earning money
3 Finding a job
5 Keeping fit
6 Finding a life partner
* Respondents also ranked "Others", which came in seventh.
60% are single. Of these, seven in 10 do not plan to actively pursue a relationship
35% would start looking for a partner only after establishing their career, and 38 per cent could not decide. Only one in four would not wait to build a relationship
90% agree that a relationship provides emotional support, and 70 per cent said being in one is a good thing