Dr Mathew Mathews, senior research fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies and research consultant for the 2016 survey, said that singles need to be more proactive instead of leaving dating to chance if they aspire to get married.
Statistics show that more Singapore residents in their mid to late 20s are staying single.
When asked why he started the group, Munafar said, “I was concerned about the younger generation, who are victims of the doomed culture of courtships.” Munafar is married.
A native of Southeast Sulawesi, the 26-year-old now lives in Yogyakarta on the island of Java.
As more people go online to find love, industry players cautioned against using unaccreditated dating apps which may harbour singles who are not looking for life partners.
Ms Violet Lim, chief executive of Lunch Actually Group, said a delicate balance needs to be struck between making sure a mobile app is legitimate and ensuring the safety of users while not scaring users off by over-regulation.
His group, Indonesia Tanpa Pacaran, has received over 200,000 likes on Facebook and over 300,000 Instagram followers. Many have messages critical of dating and photographs of women wearing head coverings. Its popularity has increased concerns about child marriage in the country.He and his group say Indonesians spend too much time and energy on trying to find the perfect mate.They want young people to stop looking around for such a person, and go straight to marriage.Commissioned to understand public attitudes and perceptions toward marriage and parenthood, the survey polled 2,940 singles and 2,861 married Singapore residents - both groups aged 21 to 45 years old - in 2016. The survey also showed that 83 per cent of the singles aged 21 to 35 years old indicated that they intend to marry, a slight dip from the 86 per cent in 2012.But 59 per cent of all the singles surveyed were not currently dating seriously with a view to getting married and 41 per cent had never dated seriously before.Hopefully, more singles will be proactive and take charge of their dating life, in a similar way when they pursue their career or other personal interests," said Dr Mathews.