'Loveless' Pinoys on the rise, says SWS

Kim Arveen Patria
Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom
13 February 2013
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A couple spends quality time with each other sitting at the Bay Walk area in Roxas Boulevard, Metro Manila on 17 October 2012. Based on the survey conducted by the Veritas Truth Survey (VTS), a growing number of Filipino Catholic couples are living together civilly but are not married in the church. Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani Jr. who is the Vice Chairman of CBCP Episcopal Commission on the Doctrine of Faith called this as an eye opener considering that the Christian family is the foundation of the Church as the family is the foundation of the society. (Angela Galia/NPPA images)

The Philippines has apparently hit another record high last year, a new poll showed, but many Pinoys may not be happy about it--especially not on Valentine's Day.

The number of Filipino adults who said they did not have a love life peaked to 13 percent in 2012 from only 9 percent the year previous, the Social Weather Stations said.

Things aren't so bright for those who said they have a love life either, results of the survey of 1,200 adult Pinoys in Dec. 8-11 showed.

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Pinoys who said they were "very happy" with their love life dropped to 54 percent last year from a record high of 59 percent in 2011.

Those who say that their love life "could be happier" meanwhile also rose to 33 percent in 2012 from 31 percent a year ago.

Men are generally happier with their love life, with 58 percent answering "very happy" when asked, compared to only 49 percent in women.

More women (36 percent) also wish more happiness in their love life compared to 30 percent of men who wished the same.

But chances of pairing seem high, since the percentages of those who said they do not have a love life are almost the same among men (12 percent) and women (14 percent).

More younger men aged 18 to 24 (31 percent) claimed to be single and ready to mingle versus older men.

On the other hand, a greater number (31 percent) of older women aged 55 above said they do not have a love life compared to other age female groups.

But should one look for love or just wait for it to come? Apparently most Pinoys are not too eager to go on quests for romance.

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Nearly four out of five (78 percent) of Filipino adults believe that "love cannot be planned and pursued, it just comes to a person," the survey said.

The remaining 22 percent believe, however, that "love is planned and pursued until one finds it."

"Belief that love just comes to a person is strong among both men and women..." SWS said.

But the belief is stronger in the female respondents with 84 percent of women saying one should wait for love, higher than the 72 percent in men.

As if fulfilling traditional gender roles, more men (28 percent) think love should be pursued compared to women (16 percent).

"Belief that love just comes to a person is stronger among men aged 35 and above (ranging from 73 to 75 percent), compared to younger men aged 18-34 (66 to 67 percent)," SWS said.

On the other hand, belief that love just comes to a person is slightly stronger among the younger 18-44 women, compared to those aged 45 and above.