Among Chinese in the 22 to 49 age bracket, males outnumber females by 16.97 million, which means tens of millions of single Chinese in this age group.
The "Bachelor Day" has been initiated by single college students and, although enjoys no holiday leave, has become a vogue of the day among single white collars.
When explaining the reasons for being single 40 percent interviewees believe growing self-consciousness among the young has raised the bar for selecting the other half. 20 percent netizens believe it is because social environment has become more tolerant and being single is facing less pressure of public opinion.
Bachelor Carl Weisman got fed up of being classified as a playboy, a loser or a commitment-phobe so he set out to find out exactly why he and a growing number of eligible men were steering clear of marriage.
Weisman, 49, conducted an online survey of 1,533 heterosexual men.
He concluded that most men were not afraid of marriage--but they were afraid of a bad marriage.
"Men are 10 times more scared of marrying the wrong person than of never getting married at all," Weisman said.
"This is the first generation of people who have grown up with bad divorces. People assume there is something wrong if you don't marry but these are men who have made a different choice and not given in to social pressures."
Weisman said U.S. figures showed that in 1980 about 6 percent of men aged in their early 40s had never married but this number had now risen to 17 percent.
Weisman said his online survey found there are three groups of bachelors--about 8 percent who never want to marry, 62 percent want to marry but of which half won't settle for anything less than perfection, and about 30 percent who are on the fence.
Four out of 10 bachelors did not want children compared to three out of 10 wanting to be a father. The rest were undecided.
But while 72 percent of respondents said they were not afraid of marriage, about half of them said the situation that scared them most was marrying the wrong person.
"It's so important to these men to get it right. My best advice to single women after bachelors is to be patient. If you're in a hurry to get married you'll be frustrated," he said.
Weisman also found that financial issues, both positive and negative, played a large part in men's fear of commitment.
Single women are more likely to do unpaid overtime than any other workers, a report has revealed.
On average, those in their thirties do 7.4 hours a week, equal to 43 days a year at their desks without being paid a penny.
It means millions of women are coming in early, skipping lunch breaks and leaving late.
Others find work intrudes into their weekends, with many having to reply to emails and take calls on Saturdays and Sundays.
Experts said many women feel they have to work harder to prove themselves in businesses where bosses are usually male.
Others have no choice, as huge workloads force them to put in longer hours.
The report, from the Trades Union Congress, says unpaid overtime peaks for single women between 30 and 39.
For many, this is the time in their career when they are trying to win a major promotion.
Others will have decided that they are no longer likely to start a family, so they will concentrate on work instead.
But Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, warned that many bosses take such hard work for granted.
He said: "Those extra hours are too often taken for granted and, if allowed to build up, they can damage people's health, relationships and morale at work."
The report found that the arrival of children dramatically changes a woman's willingness to work overtime.
Just 17 per cent of working mothers do unpaid overtime - many simply cannot because they have to leave to collect their children from school or a child minder.
On average, working mothers out in 5.7 extra hours unpaid.
Overall, the report found that nearly five million workers regularly do unpaid overtime.
Teachers, lawyers, businessmen, architects and media staff are most likely to work overtime, paid or unpaid.
Women are working longer hours than ever - but men are doing the opposite, official figures show.
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