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Taiwan Quick Take: Single life preferable

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Nearly 30 percent of people aged between 20 and 39 would rather remain single for the rest of their lives than get married, according to a survey released by the Bureau of Health Promotion yesterday. Although the reasons were varied, 35.9 percent of male respondents aged between 20 and 39, cited "economic causes" as the major reason for avoiding marriage. The poll found that 21.9 percent of female respondents cited "marriage will compromise their single life" as the major reason for staying unwed. Other reasons for staying single included celibacy, not meeting "Mr or Ms Right" and "marriage is too much trouble." The poll, which was conducted last September, found that 58.2 percent of respondents would like to get married if they had suitable partners. This figure was 3.3 percentage points lower than the figure obtained in a similar poll conducted in 2004. The percentage of those who did not want to marry rose to 24.5 percent last year from 16 percent polled the year before.

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