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Several online surveys have shown that multiple Chinese youngsters in their 20s prefer staying at home to socializing on weekends. The common points of these "zhai" men and women (A Chinese description symbolising them among young people) are single, young, disliking social life and loving staying at home. |
Some of them have to go out to work during work days, but choose to stay at home during weekends, whether living with parents or not, they don't like going out for shopping or dining. They find the outside world is too crowded to have any fun. They don't have many friends, except a few very close ones. Others may not need to work and can stay at home for as long as one month, despite buying food from neighborhood stores. If this kind of people lives with their parents, who can purchase goods for them, they can keep themselves separating from the society for as long as they can.
"Zhai" people love watching TV and DVDs, surfing the Internet, playing virtual games rather than going out to get some fresh air. In a word, few things in outside world attract them. They don't have passions to exercise, play outdoors or do other things. Without going out, they don't need to wash faces, change clothes because they can just eat instant noodles for days. It's a free and simple lifestyle for them.
What do you think about this life style? Is it economical to stay at home on weekends? Or is it a way to escape from the real world, as a coward does?
By the way, I sometimes like staying at home during weekends because I like the feeling. My parents can cook for me. But if I keep doing so for more than three days, I tend to want to go out. So I'm not quite a "zhai" nu, am I?