Registration and all forms of matching are free — plus you can see who’s viewed your profile as well as send and receive messages.An upgraded membership removes all ads and allows you to view extended profiles, find out if someone read or deleted your message, get priority placement on Meet Me and in search results, and see who said “Yes” to you.As Tan’s friends pine, a popular belief among China’s young people is that the one-child policy is the root of their loneliness.After the one-child policy was implemented in 1978 to curb a rapidly growing population, the majority of Chinese families were restricted to having only one child, bringing with it a series of social consequences.The observations inspired Tan to pen her experiences as a “not-quite-foreign foreigner” living in modern China in a blog, Shanghai Shiok.And while there was much to write about, one topic in particular continued to drive readers to Tan’s site – love.The former is made up of open-ended questions and covers five main areas: self-confidence, family orientation, self-control, easygoingness, social dependency.
A new generation with different expectations for love and romantic relationships has blossomed in China.
In terms of pop culture, Plenty of Fish has made an impact there as well.
The site has appeared in numerous music videos such as Lady Gaga’s “Telephone,” Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo,” and Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me.” In 2015, POF joined the likes of Ok Cupid and Tinder when it was bought by The Match Group.
“I have a Chinese male friend who blames his singleness on the fact that boys vastly outnumber girls in China, and all the good women have already been snapped up,” Tan reveals.
“I have two Shanghainese female friends who blame their singleness on the ‘fact’ that girls actually outnumber boys in metropolitan centers like Shanghai.” Singles complaining about the lack of suitable partners in the world is nothing new.