Chinese men be warned: Three quarters of women want husbands to earn twice their salary

By Erik Crouch, January 16, 2015

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Attention Chinese men: Be prepared to either 1) Earn a fortune or 2) Marry someone whose monthly pay is extraordinarily low, lest you become a left-over dude. According to a new survey run by a Chinese dating website, some 72 percent of women expect their spouse to earn twice what they do.

"Love is dead" you say? "Equal pay" you bemoan? That's the talk of somebody who probably doesn't work in finance.

Only 5.1 percent of men responded that they would like their wives to earn double their income. All things considered, it's a good thing that that number is fairly low: if everyone went around expecting everyone else to earn twice their salary, matches would be few and far between (or people would finally have to get over themselves).

Also noteworthy is the fact that 50 percent of female respondents said that their mate must be of similar height, age, appearance and social standing. Taken together with the income question, this means that about 22 percent of respondents would happily marry a short, elderly, ugly pleb if only he rakes in enough dough.

Perhaps the most important lesson to draw from the survey is just that: it's a survey. It was put together by Baihe.com, a popular dating site that has done similar polls for the past eight years. The kinds of people who answer these questions are, by definition, the sort who would jump at the chance to fill out a survey presented by an online dating site.

Instead of saying "Chinese women all want men who earn twice their salary," it's perhaps more fitting to say, "The sorts of people who fill out dating site surveys are also the sort to say that they want their husbands to be totally loaded."

Also, the type to be on a dating site in the first place is (presumably) unmarried, so maybe this '2x income clique' has its sights set a bit too high.

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