Title

Online Dating in Singapore: The Desire to Have Children

Roles

Student Author

Keyana P. Moody '17, Gettysburg College

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-12-2018

Department 1

Sociology

Abstract

Low fertility has been a concern in Singapore. While there are studies examining the causes, few studies have used online dating services as a source of data to examine the desire of Singaporeans to have children. Yet, research on mate and date selection using online personals is prolific, arguing that online personals are a valuable source of information for social analysis. Using a data set that was collected in 2007 and in 2015 from a website for Singapore online dating, we examined the factors influencing whether Singaporeans expressed wanting children in their personals. We find that preference for a committed relationship is the strongest predictor for the desire to have children. The age effects are as expected. Women are less likely to express they want children in these personals.

DOI

10.1007/s12119-018-9571-x

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This article can be found on the publisher's website: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12119-018-9571-x#enumeration

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