Nearly 30 percent of people aged between 20 and 39 would rather stay single all their lives than get married, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by the Bureau of Health Promotion.
Although the reasons for opting to remain single varied, most of the men, or 35.9 percent in that age group, cited "economic causes" as the major reason keeping them from marriage, the poll found.
The poll, conducted by telephone in September last year, also found that most women, or 21.9 percent, when asked for the main reason for not marrying, said that marriage would "compromise their single life."
Other reasons for not opting for marriage included celibacy, that they had not met their Mr or Ms Right, and that "marriage involves too much trouble."
The poll found that 58.2 percent of the men and women would like to get married if they had a suitable partner.
This figure was 3.3 percentage points lower than the figure from ia similar poll that was conducted in 2004.
The percentage of those who did not want to marry rose to 24.5 percent last year from 16 percent in 2004, the poll also found.
* In the 20 to 39 age group, almost 30 percent would prefer to stay single forever.
* Among men in that age group, most cite ``economic causes'' as the reason for remaining single.
* Among women of that age, most say marriage would ``compromise their single lives.''
* Other reasons for being single included celibacy and wedlock being ``too much trouble.''
* However, 58.2 percent would get married if they found a suitable partner.