The cultural differences are the main reasons for the divide between dating styles of Americans and Chinese.

For men, having an apartment and a car are often prerequisites to marriage proposals, in order to demonstrate financial stability.

However, after the market crash of 2008, the "naked marriage" term was popularized.

What are the differences between dating an American person versus a Chinese person?

Of course, every individual relationship is different.

In a recent study of dating and marital preferences among young adults in China, only 38 percent of the female respondents disagreed with the statement that it is best to date and later marry only one man during their lifetimes (Mavrides, 2009).

Most Westerners and Chinese people do want to settle, with marriage as the end goal, but Westerner are usually more open to that option later down their life.

Chinese couples also sometimes refer to each other as “husband” (老公) and “wife” (老婆) even when they’re not actually married -- another indicator of the serious implications dating has for many Chinese people.

Naked marriages, known as 裸婚 (luǒ hūn) in Chinese, are when a couple gets married despite not owning a car or house.

Therefore, Americans think about marriage as an event that can happen later down the road.

However, for Chinese women, there is a societal ticking clock.

China has less casual dating than America, and this has a lot to do with China’s conservative history.