Body-language and nonverbal communication

Change of households in China








Change of households in China

Chinese families become smaller and smaller. The number of one-person-households grows instead rapidly. This is due to the low birth-rate and a changed attitude towards marriage.

The National Committee on Health and Family-planning states that the average of …………….living people in a household was about 5,3 persons in the year of 1950, 3,96 in 1990 and 3,02 in 2012.

Another big reason for that is the growing mobility in society.

The number of two-person-households grew for about 68% between 2000 and 2010. The number of one-person-households even doubled in those ten years. There’s an even bigger change of one-person-households in big cities. The growth is 150 % within 10 years.

The committee states that this possibly is due to the fact that there are more and more unmarried people older than 30 years.

These people are well educated, follow their careers and marry very late. And even more people decide to stay alone. They don’t marry at all.

These are the facts. What are the consequences out of this development one may ask? Here are some aspects to think about:


  • Referred to the Chinese culture people are socially and culturally not used to live alone.
  • The Chinese culture, for about thousands of years, is based on social communication, socially based communication and social dependency.
  • Well-fare, health, happiness and balance are due to being part of a social group. People living in a one- or two-person-households miss such groups.
  • Living in metropoles, in such small households often is a consequence out of mobility, out of moving from rural to urban fields.
  • Basically this change in living and relating is a big challenge for the emotional and psychological inner-processes of adapting such situations.
  • This of course leads to severe consequences like depression, anxiety, addiction, suicide and so on.


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