An overwhelming majority of daters in Singapore believe that shared values are important in building relationships, while a little over majority believe that having the same social causes with your partner is a key to a successful long-term relationship, a survey conducted by dating app Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB) revealed.
More than 89 per cent of the 1,000 respondents showed that daters tend to look for shared values when seeking for a potential lifelong partner, and 52 per cent of them believe that sharing the same social causes correlates with a successful relationship.
“Hobbies and job titles used to be significant when users were looking for a partner. Today, daters pay greater attention to what you stand for. Your opinions on what happens in society today underscores who you are,” CMB co-founder Dawoon Kang said.
“We continue to see that Causes in the Values section of the profile helps daters express their core values. They might not always be the easiest of conversations to have with other daters, but users now have a platform to align themselves with their matches,” she added.
The survey also found that 40 per cent of those who support the repeal of Section 377A want a partner who espouses the same perspective as them, and 63 per cent of the daters want more legislation to protect the LGBTQ+ community in Singapore.
Section 377A is a British colonial rule-era law that criminalises consensual sex among consensual male adults. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in his National Day Rally earlier this year, has said that the law will be repealed.
The survey also found that causes around mental health are the most supported social causes for daters.
And with the 11 million active matches and relationships formed in Singapore, CMB wants to continue to be a safe space for like-minded singles to not just find love, but help the individuals forge greater connection, according to Kang.
She cited the recent efforts to campaign for the repeal of Section 377A as a sign that Singaporean society is progressing with the time.
“The recent parliamentary intent to repeal Section 377A has also shown openness and progression of the society,” said Kang.
“Everyone deserves a chance at having a long-term, serious relationship,” she added.
Marvin Joseph Ang is a news writer who focuses on politics, the economy, and democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates.
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