Two years ago, she attended events organised by dating agencies, but found it "draining and depressing" when she did not find a suitable match.One criterion for her partner is that his salary should be similar to hers, that is, at least ,000 a month, an amount she says is "realistic" for someone in his mid- to late-40s.Now, 40 per cent are divorced and 10 per cent are widowed.
She was from a girls' school and mostly socialised with the same group of friends through secondary school, junior college and university.
In her business administration course at the National University of Singapore and at her places of work, women also outnumbered men.
The number rose from 43,100 to 75,600 between 20 - or a jump of 75 per cent.
In a sense, these numbers are not surprising as marriages worldwide are following the same trend: people are getting married later - or not at all.
Moreover, dating agencies in Singapore have also seen a rise in demand from older singles - as well as interest from divorcees and widows.
Complete Me, a dating agency with a 3,000-strong database, set up a personalised matchmaking service for above-35s last year that has since seen a 40 per cent rise in customers.He found that having a stream of romantic possibilities was not conducive to finding a committed relationship and stopped using it three years ago This might seem counter- intuitive at first glance.By all accounts, dating culture should be burgeoning in Singapore with the growth of online dating and dating apps such as Tinder.Delaying marriage is reflective of most developed countries, says associate professor Paulin Straughan, a sociologist at National University of Singapore (NUS). I sometimes spend weekends with my elder brother and sister and their children.A friend once said, 'you're content with the love you already have from your family.''' MS WEE LE FONG, 40 The main reason for delaying marriage is "competing life goals", she says, such as a prolonged period in formal education and career. In the Marriage and Parenthood Study 2012, a survey commissioned by the National Population and Talent Division, 83 per cent of single respondents indicated that they wanted to get married.In 2004, there were 844,100 Singapore residents who were singles, compared to 1,048,100 last year - a jump of almost 25 per cent over 10 years, figures from the Department of Statistics show.