Dating and romantic relationships are a normal, yet essential, part of life during the adolescent and early adult years.Beyond the basic desires which most individuals experience during this time, researchers have noted the relative significance of dating, not only for individuals but also for societies. Unlike in first-tier cities like Beijing and Shanghai, where new trends emerge and quickly permeate society, Zhou was considered an early adopter in the second-tier city Yantai in Shandong Province when she began online dating in the early 2010s. When 30-year-old auto sales manager Zhou Yixin joined online dating at the behest of her cousin living in Beijing, she did not expect to meet her steady boyfriend of two years.The oh-so-subtle flirting between Lim and Fang makes for even more exciting viewing than a Channel 8 drama. It is anchors away for co-stars Nam and Lee as they are officially together after playing lovers (above) on Korean drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (2016).The official word is that the relationship is platonic. The most telling sign happened at this year's Star Awards when Fang singled out his "good friend" Lim during his award acceptance speech. Just a year ago at the same ceremony, there was an open display of affection between actor "pals" Jeffrey Xu and Felicia Chin. The confirmation came in April, shortly after South Korean paparazzi released photos of the couple on dates.Hong Kong news outlets are reporting that Mi and Kwan have fallen in love despite the two-decade age gap between them.
“I cannot deny that there are good guys in my local city,” said Zhou on traditional dating, “but I didn’t find any quality matches after getting to know them.” An increasing number of Chinese have turned to online dating and dating apps.
Fans have also been doing their own detective work.
A blurry, now-deleted post on Lee's Instagram sent netizens on a hunt to uncover the identity of the mystery man taken at British rock band Coldplay's concert in Seoul.
Women, in particular, appear to be more focused on pragmatic qualities in prospective partners.
The influence of individualist values and the changing cultural norms pertaining to dating and familial roles are discussed.