5 of 10 Filipinos happy with their love life

Published February 14, 2019, 10:57 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

About 51 percent of Filipino adults are “very happy” with their love life this year, slightly fewer than the 57 percent in 2017, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.

In the nationwide survey conducted last Dec. 16 to 19, 2018 among 1,440 respondents, SWS found that 51 percent of Filipinos, who are 18 years old and above, are very happy with their love life, 36 percent said it could be happier, and 13 percent said they do not have a love life.

A couple enjoy the spectacular view of sunset in Manila. (Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)
A couple enjoy the spectacular view of sunset in Manila. (Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)

This compares with 57 percent who said their love life was very happy, 29 percent who said it could be happier, and 14 percent who said they do not have a love life in 2017.
The proportion of those who were very happy with their love life was 58 percent when SWS first surveyed it in 2002.

It fell to 46 percent in 2004, and recovered to 50s levels from 2010 to 2012, reaching a record-high 59 percent in 2011.

It declined to 49 percent in 2014 before bouncing to 51 percent in 2015, 55 percent in 2016, and 57 percent in 2017.

Since 2002, the proportion of those saying their love lives could be happier has been at the 30s, except in 2004 and 2014 when it was at a record-high 44 percent and 40 percent, respectively.

It reached its lowest level of 29 percent in 2017.

The proportion of those who have no love life ranged from 9 percent to 14 percent from 2002 to 2018, with the highest level observed in 2016 and 2017.

Overall, 53 percent of men and 50 percent of women say they are very happy with their love life.

Among men, the proportion of those who are very happy with their love life was highest among those who are married at 64 percent, followed by those with live-in partner at 44 percent, and those who are single at 31 percent.

Among women, it was also highest among those who are married at 59 percent, followed by those with live-in partner at 56 percent, and those who are single at 20 percent.

Among men, the proportion of those who say their love life could be happier was highest among those with live-in partner at 55 percent, followed by those who are married at 35 percent, and those who are single at 27 percent.

Among women, it was also highest among those with live-in partner at 43 percent, followed by those who are married at 40 percent, and those who are single at 20 percent.
The proportion of those with no love life was higher among single women at 59 percent compared to their male counterparts at 43 percent.

One percent of the sample of married adults, and those with live-in partner, say they have no love life.
Among men, the proportion of those who are very happy with their love life was higher among those aged 25 and above, ranging from 53 percent to 58 percent, compared to those aged 18-24, at 39 percent.
Among women, it was higher among those aged 25-54, ranging from 47 percent to 59 percent, compared to those aged 18-24, at 43 percent, and those aged 55 and above, at 42 percent.
As also found in the survey, 50 percent of adult Filipinos say age gap matters in a relationship, while 41 percent say otherwise.

To the question, “In your opinion, does age gap matter in a relationship? 50 percent say it matters (consisting of 33 percent it definitely matters and 17 percent somewhat matters), while 41 percent say it does not (consisting of 13 percent somewhat does not matter and 28 percent definitely does not matter). The remaining 9 percent are undecided.

This gives a neutral balance of opinion of net +9 (percentage of those who said it matters minus percentage of those who said it does not matter).

In general, the survey found that women are unwilling to have a relationship with someone 10 years younger than them, at a negative balance of opinion of -35 (23 percent willing, 58 percent not willing).

This is much lower compared to men in general, at a positive net +17 (48 percent willing, 31 percent not willing), and the nationwide balance of opinion of neutral-negative net -9 (36 percent willing, 44 percent not willing).

Meanwhile, women are more willing to have a relationship with someone 10 years older than them, at net +26 (54 percent willing, 28 percent not willing), compared to men, at +10 (43 percent willing, 33 percent not willing), and the nationwide net opinion of +18 (49 percent willing, 31 percent not willing).

Overall, opinions about age gap hardly vary among men and women: net opinion among women was at +10 (51 percent it matters, 41 percent it does not matter), similar to men at +9 (49 percent it matters, 41 percent it does not matter).

By age group, age gap matters more among older men than younger men: net opinion was highest among those 55 years old and above at +17 (54 percent it matters, 38 percent it does not matter), followed by those aged 45-54 at +10 (51 percent it matters, 41 percent it does not matter), those aged 35-44 at +9 (47 percent it matters, 38 percent it does not matter), those aged 18-24 at +5 (45 percent it matters, 40 percent it does not matter), and those aged 25-34 at -5 (44 percent it matters, 49 percent it does not matter).

Among women, age gap matters more among 18-24 years old, at net +32 (65 percent it matters, 33 percent it does not matter), and among 55 years olds and above, at +20 (54 percent it matters, 34 percent it does not matter), compared to those aged 35-44 at +6 (48 percent it matters, 43 percent it does not matter), those aged 45-55 at +4 (48 percent it matters, 43 percent it does not matter), and those aged 25-34 at -3 (46 percent it matters, 49 percent it does not matter).

Among women, net willingness to have a relationship with someone 10 years younger was negative in all age groups, ranging from -12 to -45, with the lowest scores coming from the youngest and oldest age groups.

Among men, willingness to be with someone 10 years younger was highest among those aged 25-34 (53 percent willing, 26 percent not willing) and those aged 35-44 (54 percent willing, 27 percent not willing), both at +27, followed by those aged 45-54 at +20 (49 percent willing, 29 percent not willing), those aged 55 years old and above at +16 (47 percent willing, 31 percent not willing), and those aged 18-24 at a negative net -14 (31 percent willing, 45 percent not willing).

Except among those aged 55 and above, women in all age groups are more willing than their male counterparts to have a relationship with someone older.

Among women, willingness to have a relationship with someone 10 years older was highest among those aged 35-44 at +38 (60 percent willing, 21 percent not willing), followed by those aged 45-54 at +32 (56 percent willing, 24 percent not willing), those aged 25-34 at +28 (57 percent willing, 29 percent not willing), those aged 18-24 at +28 (60 percent willing, 31 percent not willing), and those aged 55 and above at +10 (44 percent willing, 34 percent not willing).

Among men, willingness to be with someone 10 years older was highest among those aged 35-44 at +23 (48 percent willing, 26 percent not willing), followed by those aged 55 and above at +15 (48 percent willing, 33 percent not willing), those aged 25-34 at +6 (39 percent willing, 33 percent not willing), those aged 45-54 at net zero (40 percent willing, 40 percent not willing), and those aged 18-24 at -2 (35 percent willing, 36 percent not willing).

 
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