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At the same time, or perhaps as a consequence, Singaporean men are not as patriarchal as in some Asian societies, but nor do they take as light-hearted approach to dating as young men do in western societies, and so they too are somewhat unsure as to how they should act and what their expectations should be with regards to relationships.They have a fundamental belief in ideas of equality and empowerment, yet the majority would still prefer their wives to stay at home to raise children.Therefore, since the 1980s the government has been extremely proactive in both encouraging and incentivizing Singaporeans to marry and have children.It runs the Social Development Network (SDN) which is, in essence, a state-sponsored dating agency with the aim to “promote marriage and nurture a culture where singles view marriage as one of their top life goals.” More significantly, the state offers a great many financial incentives to those who marry and have children.On the surface at least, a foreigner having a relationship with a Singaporean should expect no real problems, and it raises little comment.However, individual situations and families may be different.
However, authorities are concerned that far too many of them are leaving it far too late.
There is still some sense of stigma attached to divorce in Singapore, although the most recent data suggests that social attitudes are changing and remarriage for divorcees is on the increase.
In 2011, 25.5% of Singapore marriages involved at least one partner remarrying, up from 19.7% in 2001.
For many, what has come to be known as the ‘checklist syndrome’ is to blame.
Young Singaporeans, raised on ideas of high achievement, material wealth and upward mobility set criteria that their prospective partner needs to meet, yet increasingly it is thought that they simply set the bar too high, creating unrealistic standards that very few people could attain.
In both sexes, therefore, there is a mixture of both liberal, modern attitudes and social conservatism regarding gender roles and relationships, with individuals themselves often holding conflicting views simultaneously What this uncertainty means is that the business of dating in Singapore is much like that of western countries, in that Singaporean women expect men to do ‘romantic’ things, such as give them gifts, take them for fancy dinners on special occasions, buy them flowers and so on.