In 2005, among citizens aged 30–34, the proportion that was single was 37 per cent for males and 26 per cent for females.
As for those in the age range of 40–44, the proportion single at 2005 remained high at 15–17 per cent for males and females collectively.
The number of marriages has steadily increased over the years from 2004 (22,189) to 2009 (26,081) and crude marriage rate (per 1000 resident population) has been on the rise from 6.4 in 2007 to 6.6 in 2009. The mean age for first marriage has increased from 28.7 to 29.8 (males) and 26.2 to 27.5 (females) over the last 10 years.
Prior to the founding of the SDU, a Great Marriage Debate had been raging.
One popular joke that was conceived in the early days was that ‘SDU’ also stood for ‘Single, Desperate and Ugly’.
In 2003, SDU reported a significant increase in marriage figures for its members over the years, from 2,789 in 1999 to 4,050 in 2003.
It was only in 2006 that the then SDU decided on a major change in approach: it let the private sector be the main provider of matchmaking and dating services, focusing instead on accrediting and funding private dating agencies and projects.
This was done in the hopes of creating a more vibrant dating scene and of allowing singles to have more options to interact with others of different educational levels.