I want to preface this by saying that I know there are exceptions but for the sake of clarification, I’m going to be speaking about the way men and women are .
Women naturally gravitate towards the idea of marriage and see it as highly appealing.
More so than Westerners, many Chinese view dating as a pragmatic affair.
So I let our connection slip away, allowing my concern over our age difference to overshadow our passion.
As you may expect, dating is a little bit different in China than it is in most Western countries.
An ideal relationship for a woman is one where she feels understood and connected to her significant other. Men don’t have the same need for understanding as women do.
Rather, men like to feel acknowledged, respected, and appreciated.
He nodded in surprise and didn’t offer his age until I asked for it. Then he excused himself to the go to the bathroom while I sat wondering what this number meant: Would he want to move faster in a relationship? Would he be appalled by my tiny studio apartment, which I could barely afford?
“You’ll never guess,” he said, which is when I tried to examine his face for wrinkles and his hair for salt-and-pepper grays—but there weren’t any.“I’m 38,” he said. “So I know what you’re thinking,” he said, upon returning. ” He launched into an explanation about not finding the right woman yet and managed to quell all of my concerns—at least for the time being.
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Online dating puts romantic prospects at our fingertips in seconds.
All these factors have led to a sharp decrease in the idea of “courtship” as opposed to dating.