Marriages put on hold

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 June, 2012, 12:00am


Young adults are hesitant to get married and have children because they are not able to find suitable partners and worry about finances, results of a new survey show.

The Family Planning Association of Hong Kong polled 1,223 people, aged between 18 and 27, from October to December last year for the Youth Sexuality Study 2011. The survey is conducted every five years.

Results show that almost half of all respondents were undecided about marriage, an increase of 10 per cent from 2006 figures. The main reasons for not marrying or being undecided was an inability to find a suitable partner, enjoyment of single life and money worries.

In addition, when asked whether they would have any children, more than half of young adults responded positively, 10 per cent responded negatively, and about one-third were undecided.

Major reasons for not having a family include fear of the responsibilities or financial burden, dislike of children and desire for a carefree life.

Professor Paul Yip, of the association, noted that growing uncertainty over marriage would lead to a decline in Hong Kong's fertility.