80 percent Chinese lack real friends: Survey

November 11th, 2010 - 6:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Nov 11 (IANS) Majority of Chinese feel that they have few real friends and that many people tend to make friends with vested interests, a survey of the online social network users have found.

Among more than 2,000 people who took part in the poll, 80 percent said they have few real friends and 76 percent claimed more people tend to make friends for personal interest, China Daily reported.

The survey, targeting people born after the 1970s and 1980s, was conducted by the Chinese news portal Sina.com and minyi.net.cn, the social research centre associated with the China Youth Daily.

It found that 99.6 percent respondents considered true friendship is fading, while 6.7 percent said they had no real friends.

“Friendship is viewed differently and not as simple as before,” said Chen Zhixia, a social psychology professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

Mutual aids and benefits between friends are valued the most today, unlike the traditional Chinese concept that association between real friends should be pure but solid, she said.

Most people consider friends as part of their social resources and deliberately seek companions from official and business circles, the study said.

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