Half of users bored with public displays of affection on WeChat

Updated 2017-03-16 14:00:53 Ecns.cn

(ECNS) -- A new survey shows that out of every two people, at least one is fed up with public displays of affection on social messaging app WeChat, China Youth Daily reported.

The app's function Moments, known as “Friends' circle,” allows users to share and get access to WeChat friends' information, creating an intimate and private communicating circle.

In a survey of 2,001 users, 56.3 percent said they “occasionally” shared their lives on WeChat Moments, 14.3 percent “often” shared their updates, and 3.2 percent never shared anything.

As for why they chose to share content in text, picture or video form, 52.7 percent said they wanted other friends to know about their lives, 47.2 percent said it's about expressing their feelings at a given moment, and 42.2 percent said they used the platform as a way of recording their lives. However, 39.4 percent also wanted to gain the attention of others and 17.1 percent just used it to kill time.

In addition to disliking public shows of intimacy (51.5 percent), other content that, for the most part, annoyed people were selfies (39.3 percent), kids (36.6 percent), food (27 percent), parties (24.2 percent) and travel (19.8 percent).

Li Congmei (alias), a professor in Shijiazhuang City, the capital of Hebei Province, said she liked to share knowledge of her academic field, tips for life, and travel logs or pictures.

A postgraduate student in northwestern Lanzhou City said she gets weary of those who used WeChat to sell all kinds of products.

In the survey, 36.1 percent thought it risky to expose personal details on WeChat, and 8.2 percent had no concerns about the potential leakage of personal data.

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