One can’t help wondering, though, who the boys are dating if not their female classmates?

Perhaps Chinese girls underreported their romantic involvements out of embarrassment or the fear of getting caught.

While such numbers suggest that Chinese boys are two-and-a-half times more likely than Chinese girls to be involved in a romantic relationship, the researchers argued that culture affected this result.

Because Chinese families are much stricter with daughters than sons and also expect girls to stifle early feelings of love (like the Buddhist woman who wanted to “avoid loving anyone”), perhaps Chinese girls truly do date less often.

The older generations in China may never change their view, but as more and more young Chinese teenagers are choosing to date, and to celebrate love holidays like Valentine’s Day, ‘I Love You’ Day, and Singles’ Day, it’s hard to ignore what amounts to a modern revolution of the heart.

One can only wonder what’s next—Chinese ‘Tell Your Parents About Your Boyfriend’ Day? Click here for other topics on Science of Relationships.

The researchers noted two other important differences between China and Canada.

First, in China, but not in Canada, teens that felt close to their parents were much less likely to date in the first place.Similarly, while I suspect that many of these ideas still apply to some extent if you are a foreign girl looking to date a Chinese guy, or with gay/lesbian dating in China, I unfortunately cannot offer any first-hand accounts of these types of relationships.I welcome the input of our readers in the comments section below! You always hear about foreign guys coming to hook up with innocent Chinese girls and then leaving them the next day.If you’re single, new to China and plan on being here for a while, the issue of dating a Chinese partner will inevitably arise.Besides dealing with the whole “Yellow Fever” stereotype, there are certainly some things you should know before you start dating in China, so you and your Chinese partner don’t have too many surprises along the way.I had never seen anybody kiss or hug in my hometown, not even married people, and nobody said, “I love you” either.