Why do young Chinese block their parents on social media?

Updated 2018-02-09 10:15:07

As older generations in China embrace social media, younger users are turning their backs, according to a recent report.

Tencent, which oversees China's top social media and payments app, WeChat, has found that 52 percent of the young users block their parents on its platform.

A WeChat user Qin Jianping blocked his parents and several, but allowed more then 600 friends to see his "Moments" (a function that allows users to post photos, videos, text or links) on the platform.

"They would ask me to find a girlfriend if they see me spending time alone or with friends," the 28-year-old told Chongqing Evening News, calling it as "stressful".

Xie Yun has another reason to block her parents. The 26-year-old said her mother once cried after knowing through a post that she was scalded.

Peng Gang said it was difficult for his parents to understand his lifestyle.

He shares photos showing him drinking beer or playing games until midnight.

"My parents would disapprove my choices. They just don't get it," he said.

So what do parents think of being partially or entirely excluded from their children's online lives?

Though some of them want to figure out the reasons, many have voiced understanding.

"I have been pretending to know nothing about it," said a mother surnamed Chen, who has been blocked by his son. "I was intervening in his life too much, maybe."

The 51-year-old mother now has to follow her son's posts through a relative's WeChat account.

"It is disappointing but acceptable," said Yuan Jianmin, a 49-year-old father claiming himself to be closed with his daughter. "My little princess has grown up."

Blocking parents on social media seems to be a universal issue. Thirty-three percent of 16- to 35-year-olds admitted to deleting or blocking a family member on Facebook, according to the statistics published by the Halifax Digital Home Index in 2015.

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