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Love don't cost a thing? Hongkongers disagree ahead of 'double Valentine's Day'

Many young locals say they can't afford the expense of dating and relationships, a survey says, as romantics prepare for rare Valentine's clash

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 February, 2014, 5:32pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 February, 2014, 5:32pm

It’s “double Valentine’s Day” on Friday and romantics are busy planning – and budgeting – for celebrations with their significant others.

In a recent survey young Hongkongers cited the heavy expense of dating as one of the main reasons for staying single. The results of the survey were released ahead of Valentine’s Day, which this year clashes with the Yuen Siu festival – also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day – which falls on the fifteenth day of the first month of the lunar year.

“We suggest to young people that when they go out with someone, it does not need to involve spending a lot,” said marriage counsellor Sherman Cheng Ching-man. “They could do things such as hiking. Don’t just rely on material things to measure relationships.”

Last month, the apm mall in Kwun Tong distributed questionnaires to 525 shoppers mostly aged between 18 and 32.

Half of respondents were single. 68 per cent of those said they enjoy the freedom that being single allows, while 42 per cent said they simply couldn’t afford the expense of dating and getting married.

Of all those who took part in the poll, 67 per cent agreed that they were happy having no fixed partner. 63 per cent said they find it acceptable to date two or more people at the same time.

Cheng said this may seem "worrying" to the old-fashioned romantics among us, but her experience is that young people "also yearn for a loyal partner and a stable relationship".


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only in HK..no money = no honey.
High cost is of-course hindering lovers to celebrate.
Typical view of 'cost' as opposed to 'value' in the minds of the myopic HKers. Sadly this pervades every aspect of life AND business (and they are two distinct things) here. :-(
As with everything in this city, the lack of affordable housing undoubtedly figures into this too.
Read an article the other day about how most locals can't afford their own place until after marriage. As such, living with your parents often into one's 30s is hardly conducive to the dating life.
With staying in hardly an option, young couples have to spend most of their time out, which leads to more money spent needlessly than if one or both had their own place to hang out in.
Cost vs value is an important distinction in life. But it's unfair to blame Hongkongers for focussing too much on cost when so much in this city is unaffordable to so many.
Well "no money, no honey" is a common refrain in most places. But maybe here in Hong Kong it takes more money to get less honey... :P


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