Men and women want very different things from marriage, shows a new survey by matrimonial website shaadi.com.
The matchmaking service conducted a survey to understand what makes women say 'yes' in relationships. The survey was conducted to mark the service reaching five million 'success stories' in May. In an online poll, they reached out to over 6,800 people who found their partners on the website. 47% of the respondents were women, and 53% of them were men - all in the age group of 25 to 34.
Turns out, a lot of Indian women want to know if their prospective partners can cook, while a majority of men want to confirm if their prospective wives are willing to live with their (men's) families.
When they were asked, â€˜What are the three most important questions you asked your prospective partner before saying yes?', these were the top three questions that women asked.
- Do you live in a nuclear or joint family? (36%)
- Will you be supportive of my career? (30%)
- Can you cook? (26%)
Men, meanwhile, wanted to know the answers to the following questions:
- Are you willing to live with my family? (36%)
- Do you plan to work after marriage? (34%)
- Can you cook? (19%)
Clearly, while women want partners who would be progressive and support them in their careers and also help around the house, men want traditional wives who would live with their parents and take care of the household.
When they were asked â€˜What is the first thing that attracts you to the opposite sex?', men and women both said â€˜physical appearance' was the primary factor, with 64% and 53% respectively. â€˜Success in career' (21%) and â€˜Common likes' (23%) also played an important role for women.
When women were asked â€˜What gave you confidence to take the final decision?', 56% men and 72% women said â€˜Approval from parents' was what helped them seal the deal.
Gourav Rakshit, CEO, Shaadi.com, said in a statement: "While career and physical attributes are important, we are seeing that women are looking for a partner who will share their lives and responsibilities in every way."
"What's also interesting is that approval from parents still plays a big role in the choice of life partners for singles. While singles have the final say in the choice of their life partners, parents are key in the decision-making process."
With IANS inputs.