Some Chinese Companies Give Single Women Over Thirty “Dating Leave,” And We’re Jealous AF

January 22, 2019  |  

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“I want to date, but I just don’t have time,” is a common sentiment expressed by my single girlfriends. Their frustrations are reasonable, considering how complicated modern dating has become. If you’re not spending hours swiping left on Tinder, you may be engaged in back and forth DMS that lead to nowhere, or out and about at the latest party trying to meet someone in the wild. Whichever activity you are doing to cultivate your love life, it’s ultimately a time investment.

It can be hard to prioritize dating in your schedule, especially since so many of these dates leave you empty handed until you meet “the one.” But for some Chinese women, they actually have dating embedded into their vacation time.

Two Chinese firms are giving single women over 30 eight extra days of vacation time for “dating leave,” Telegraph reports. In some respects, it’s a tad sexist. Women over 30 in China are considered “shengu” or leftovers, based on the belief that women should marry early, and the ones who don’t are undesirable. But on the other hand, it’s practical. There are 200 million single adults in China, and the birth rate dropped by two million from 2017. Singledom isn’t just about being lonely for Chinese economists, shrinking family sizes lead to shrinking workforces which could hurt the future of Chinese businesses in the future. So “dating leave” presents itself as a solution to a growing number of single women and men in their country.

“Female employees mostly work in internal functional departments, and some are show performers,” Huang Lei, a human resources manager at one of the firms, explained to local news outlets.  “They have less contact with the outside world; thus we hope to give more leave to them to give them more time and opportunities to be in contact with the opposite sex.”

Enforcing “dating leave” on this side of the world could really help professional women who can’t seem to carve out time between their work commitments, family time, adulting and leisure activities make love a priority. There is nothing wrong with being forever single and focusing on your career, but if you intend to have a family, finding time to make that happen is as important as your other commitments.


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