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China’s Post-90s Generation Optimistic About Country’s Future

Posted: 10/23/2014 9:05 am

Two Chinese teenagers

Chinese born in the 1990s are more optimistic about the country’s political and economic future than those born in the 1950s to 1980s, claims a Fudan University Study. Oddly, however, the study also reports that those born in the 1990s showed the least amount of interest in issues related to justice and social equality.

Data collected over eight months and involving surveys of 1,800 online users was compiled into a report titled “Chinese Online Mentality Report”. Researchers studied users’ Weibo posts over a two year period and categorized them under headings such as social issues, social emotions, group identity, online behavior and social ideology, according to project leader, Dr. Gui Yong, a researcher with the University’s communications and state governance center.

The study found that 76.7 percent of post-90s online users were optimistic about the country’s political future, while 85.7 percent were confident about China’s economic prospects. By comparison, only 70.6 percent of post-80s online users said they were cautiously optimistic about the country’s political future.

The post-90s generation showed the lowest levels of negative emotion toward social inequality, social injustice, and issues related to officials, the rich, and technocrats. Not surprisingly, their posts included far fewer mentions of government and media Weibo accounts.

Again, perhaps not surprising, surfing the net and entertainment were at the top of the post-90s’ radar: 95.2 percent of the group used Weibo to record their life events; 92.8 percent like to express themselves emotionally on Weibo; and 92 percent use Weibo for fun, scoring the highest among the five generations.

People born in the 1960s approached social media fundamentally differently. They expressed disdain with the younger generation’s reliance upon social media to express themselves when it came to social issues. Predictably, those born in the 1960s (that used Weibo) dedicated most of their posts to public opinion leaders, government accounts and media accounts.

Those born in the 1970s dedicated the majority of their posts to housing prices, household registration, food, income, and employment. And while not terribly insightful, the study found that those born in the 1950s dedicated the majority of their posts to issues related to social security.

Photos: CNN; Reuters 


Man in Shenzhen gives tips on how to charm women in China

Posted: 05/7/2012 7:00 am

Guan Yu, a man who trains young men in how to charm attractive women, has been offering three day courses in Luohu District, Shenzhen Metropolis Television reported Saturday.

In the news report, Guan (pictured, right) is first seen explaining to two female passers-by that he likes the way they carry themselves and would like to get to know them. When discussing his rationale, Guan explained that there is a tried and tested method for how to charm women, saying that one establishes whether there is an attraction as soon as eye-contact is made, and that after that, a man should wait three seconds and then begin a conversation.

Xiao Hui, originally from Guangdong Province, took the course because he feels nervous around attractive women. One of Guan’s teaching methods was to stand Xiao in front of a mirror and ask him to examine his own demeanor.

Another participant, Xiao Chao, explained that he was not taking the classes because he could not find a girlfriend. He had been in a relationship before, but he felt unable to charm genuine beauties, he explained.

Guan Yu has a Sina Blog in which he goes into further detail about his methods and his success.

Young Chinese men are living through a particularly difficult time in the country’s history in which to attract a woman. As well as a gender imbalance that continues to grow, many women require their prospective husbands to own a house and a car. This new materialism was best illustrated in 2010, when a female contestant on dating show “If You Are The One,” rejected a less wealthy man by saying, “It is better to cry in the back of a BMW than smile on a bicycle.”

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