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Taiwan's `parasite singles' stay at home with parents

CNA , TAIPEI

About 80 percent of Taiwanese singles aged between 25 and 39 live with their parents and three in 10 of them are the so-called parasite singles -- those who do not help their parents financially -- according to the results of a survey released yesterday.

The survey, conducted by 30 magazine last month among singles around the nation, also shows that the number of parasite singles in big cities is less than in remote areas, while more young people in southern Taiwan with their parents and spend their parents' money than in the north.

The main reason for this is that it is difficult to find jobs in those places, according to the magazine.

According to a similar survey conducted by the Department of Population Administration under the Ministry of the Interior last year, there were some 2.4 million male and female singles aged between 25 and 39 in Taiwan in that year, around 680,000 of whom were parasite singles.

Commenting on the situation, Liu Wei-kung (劉維公), an associate professor in sociology from Soochow University, said the existence of parasite singles was not only common in eastern societies, but was also becoming popular in the western world.

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