Nearly 70% of youngsters "prefer waiting rather than compromising" when it comes to choosing their spouses, a report said.
According to the report on contemporary youth's marriage viewpoint released by China Communist Youth League's network media center and love and marriage service committee of "Your Voices Our responsibilities", narrow social circle, busy work schedule, and lack of initiative are three main reasons behind staying single.
The most important factors they value are "health" and "work ability". Meanwhile, "education qualification", "regional differences", "family background", "income level" are paid less attention by youngsters.
Contemporary youngsters choose their spouses in a more diversified way and focus more on "inherent compatibility" instead of the traditional concept of "a marriage between families of equal social rank".
In the survey, half said the biggest stress for singles came from pressure from family members to marry, followed by public opinion and self-generated pressure.
In terms of love, more than 70 percent of men take the initiative of pursuing their love interest compared to just 30 percent women. Men give more importance to the institution of marriage than women, with half of them claiming marriage provides security.
68 percent of men think it is essential to get married in order to have a satisfactory life, while only 49 percent of women think so. Among those, 36 percent of female youngsters say they are happy to stay single, which is two times more than male youngsters.