Tang said, “Chinese food is quite complicated to mak

so single people think it is a waste of time compared with ordering takeout,” adding that on major food

delivery platform Meituan-Dianping, about 65 percent of the orders are made by singles ages 20 to 30.

Others choose to dine out. A recent report by global market research company Kantar Worldpanel found that 46 percent of interviewees said they had eaten

alone in the past 24 hours, up by 9 percent from 2017. Some 16 percent of respondents said they preferred to eat out alone.

Liu Chang, 24, a postgraduate at Renmin University of China in Beijing, said she likes to ex

perience celebrity restaurants recommended by food review platforms. She has visited them alone many times.

“Finding friends you like to dine with can be difficult sometimes. In view of this, I would rath

er eat alone, which can also be enjoyable and relaxing, as I can do whatever I like,” she said.

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