Red Brick Daily Staff

The Central News Agency reports that, according to tallies released by the Ministry of the Interior (MOI), the percentage of marriage between older women and younger men across the country stood at just over 18% at the end of 2015, a noticeable jump from 14.6% — which was the stat in 1997.

Conventional wisdom that a man must wed a woman younger than himself appears to be fading, leading to an increase in what have been unfortunately titled “cougar couples” — an older woman with a younger man.

What do you think? Are things really changing or is this just a fluke or fad? After all, Taiwan’s 2015 figure is still quite behind Japan: 24.3%, Hong Kong: 20.1% … but JUST beats Singapore’s 17.9%.

And then there is the other side of the coin: how many older men are wedding women significantly younger than themselves? We’d bet it’s higher than 18%. Would you?