Women, in particular, appear to be more focused on pragmatic qualities in prospective partners.The influence of individualist values and the changing cultural norms pertaining to dating and familial roles are discussed.But China’s cultural context goes back several thousands of years.
The Chinese character for “xiao” can visually be interpreted as a child with an old man on his back (Han ).
The long-standing expectation of “xiao” is that children devote their lives, without question, to their parents and families.
Seemingly, contemporary Chinese college students may be adopting a perspective of dating and intimate relationships which focuses less on paths toward marriage and more on immediate pleasure and gratification (Yang ).
Not surprisingly, Chinese parents tend to strongly discourage their daughters and sons from becoming sexual active, and many are opposed to their children being involved in dating relationships, at all (Stevenson and Zusho ).
), perhaps due to their more traditional perspectives.