A 2010 survey of Singapore's adults showed that half the respondents felt the best way to meet a partner was through friends.

A further 10% of those questioned said they put their faith in "informal introductions" by family members.

The stated goal is to tap "an informal network of interested individuals to engender a pro-marriage culture and help bring singles together."Doesn't that sound romantic?!

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"Anecdotally," say the authors of the official "Real Love Works 2011" report, "We have also come across people who share the passion of helping their friends who are singles but they do not know how." And so an official Yenta 101 course was born.

Each seminar will be conducted by a certified family counselor or social worker who will discuss "principles of privacy and confidentiality, relationship knowledge, facilitation and even event organization."But in case the newly trained matchmakers don't get to work fast enough, the government has other tools to lead stray singles up the Orwellian ladder to "Marriage Central." The SDN has also set up an online dating site, for example. It may look like Match.com, or OK Cupid, but it's nothing so commercial.

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We understand that romance isn’t all unicorns and stardust – planning and hard work are needed to keep connections alight.In a sense, these numbers are not surprising as marriages worldwide are following the same trend: people are getting married later - or not at all.Delaying marriage is reflective of most developed countries, says associate professor Paulin Straughan, a sociologist at National University of Singapore (NUS). I sometimes spend weekends with my elder brother and sister and their children.Save for the large-scale demographics stakes, these matchmaking services work like you might expect.Single people show up to go on quick dates one after another.A friend once said, 'you're content with the love you already have from your family.''' MS WEE LE FONG, 40 The main reason for delaying marriage is "competing life goals", she says, such as a prolonged period in formal education and career. In the Marriage and Parenthood Study 2012, a survey commissioned by the National Population and Talent Division, 83 per cent of single respondents indicated that they wanted to get married.