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Fewer women 'would date younger men'

This story was first published in The Straits Times on May 10, 2013

MEN in Singapore are more open to dating older members of the opposite sex than women, a survey has found.

Only 47 per cent of women said yes to dating a younger guy, down from 59 per cent in 2009 and 54 per cent in 2011.

Yet 51 per cent of men said they would date older women, five per cent more than in 2011.

The findings were made in a poll of 1,900 singles from Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong conducted in January by dating agency Lunch Actually. Some 788 of these were Singaporean.

Psychologist Daniel Koh said: "Society has progressed. Ladies understand their rights and equalities and these are extended to having equal contributions to the relationship and future, hence one has to be able to fulfil this financially and in status."

For graphic designer Mrs Ivy Tan, 38, who is married to ship management company supervisor Tan Hien Chou, 31, the age gap does not matter.

She said: "My husband is more mature than his age."

The survey also found that only about one in five women here said they would date a guy who earned less than them and only 29 per cent were willing to date those with a lower educational level.

Mr Jerald Lim, owner of dating agency One Plus One, said this is because most women would want to "maintain their current standard of living".

limyihan@sph.com.sg

This story was first published in The Straits Times on May 10, 2013 

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