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Jul 19, Moreover, dating agencies in Singapore have also seen a rise in . at a tea organised by the now-defunct SDU (Social Development Unit). Jul 24, On April 11, , you have the chance to learn more about your job opportunities – maybe you'll even find your match. SDU Company Dating. The Social Development Unit (SDU) was formed in January to of scale, widen the dating pool and create more opportunities for singles to meet and.
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The government justified this elitist approach by announcing that they had identified graduates—and in particular the females among them—as a group which required assistance in terms of finding lifelong partners.
According to the government, non-graduates did not seem to have any difficulty in finding partners.
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During a speech made at the National Day rally inthen-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew alleged that the phenomenon of graduates remaining single would result in a projected loss of about talented people per year.
Although Lee had not explicitly stated that the SDU would be set up in response this problem, he had promised that tough measures would be taken by the government to curb the problem. Public response[ edit ] Public reaction to the former SDU was initially that of disdain; graduate women were unhappy about their plight being addressed so prominently, while non-graduate women and their parents were upset at the government for dissuading graduate men from marrying them.
Some were also displeased about the fact that civil servants who were single were given three extra days of leave to go on SDU-organised cruises. Lam, Grace Jr Min Between March and Julyanother 4 couples were married.
By the end of the first decade, the number of marriages as a result of SDU activities averaged about 1, a year. Over the first 2 decades since the SDU was first set up, SDU reported that more than 33, members were married This includes many young Singaporeans who would have got married irrespective of SDU being in existence or not.
According to the Singapore Department of Statistics, there was only a slight increase in marriages from 22, in year to 22, in year In fact, for those aged 30—34, the proportion remaining single had increased significantly between andas more people chose to delay marriage. However, more singles are also marrying later. The mean age for first marriage has increased from In mid2, university undergraduates and polytechnic students were polled in an SDU survey on undergraduates' attitudes towards social interaction, dating and marriage.
Earlier in the same year, SDU had conducted another survey which assessed attitudes of singles in general towards courtship and marriage.
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However, it was discovered that the costs of cruises were significantly below the market rates and that participants were granted leave by their companies for the duration of the cruise. But it would not be correct to conclude that the SDU has been ineffective based on the rising trend of singlehood alone. This increase may have been due to other factors such as a greater proportion of women entering the labour market, resulting in more time spent among women at work and less time spent on dating activities.
Indeed, data shows that female participation in the labour market has been on the rise.
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While the female labour force participation rate in was only One potential low-cost method would be to compare the actual evolution in singlehood rates across two groups of women — unmarried citizens who had completed secondary education who were eligible for the activities organised by SDU or by the equivalent Social Development Section and unmarried citizens who had not completed secondary education who were ineligible — before and after Yet such a study would require access to individual-level birth records and educational attainment data, which is currently only available to selected governmental departments.
However, my personal view is that the social development programmes has not been as ineffective as most pessimists might think. Indeed, the work done by the current Social Development Network SDN and its accredited dating agencies — which include matching singles to potential partners based on their profiles and preferences, enabling them to date online, coordination of physical dates, and provision of courses and information to equip singles with the relationship skills needed to hitch a partner — have enormous potential to foster romantic relationships.
Finding love in Singapore, one swipe at a time, a commentary The SDN has also since moved into accrediting dating agencies, leveraging the private sector to solve this public problem.
Although we do not have data on how many children or couples got hitched because of SDN, dating agencies accredited by the SDN have reported that more men are participating in these events. But not everyone eligible for the SDN programme is making use of it.
Part of the reason might be the social stigma involved in participation. The pool of singles engaged in the SDN programme inevitably shrinks this way, so that the number of marriages which form as a result of the programme is not as large as it could potentially be.