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Young Chinese Resonate with New Buzzword 'Active Loser'

2018-05-30 18:16:40 China Minutes

More than five months into 2018, do you still remember your New Year's resolution? Those who have broken their new year vows have been given a new nickname in China: 'active loser' (积极废人). This is a new buzzword that refers to people who repeatedly make and break resolutions. Though seemingly aspiring and ambitious, they rarely put ideas into action and always feel guilty for their laziness.

Baidu Index, a Chinese keyword research tool has revealed that public interest in the topic surged in May. 66% of people following the topic are aged between 30 and 39, 34% are aged between 20 and 29. On social media Weibo, the hashtag #activeloser has been viewed over three million times, and has had nearly 10,000 related posts. Numerous Weibo users have contributed to the memes and funny pictures which have flooded social media. The following may give you a vivid portrait of active losers.

They are good at setting goals, but never seem able to fulfil them.

They are always aspiring and ambitious, but never put ideas into action.

They often panic after having fun and blame themselves for laziness.

Many young Chinese people resonate with the buzzword, sharing their stories of making and breaking promises. One says she vowed to get up early and have breakfast, but ends up sleeping in until 2 pm the next day. Another says when he shows his active side, he is performing; but when acts like a loser, he is being himself.

While the word has won numerous fans on social media, mainstream Chinese media has shown disapproval. According to the China Youth Daily, it is never wrong to be active, even if one's purpose is to flaunt their ambition. The problem is one shouldn't be a loser who repeatedly runs out of steam. Beijing News advises active losers to tailor their goals accordingly, otherwise they might be held back from success by larger-than-life aspirations.

Nowadays many Chinese citizens are plagued by a constant undercurrent of stress and anxiety. China has accumulated considerable wealth after decades of development, but the ongoing economic restructuring has made people increasingly anxious about housing, air pollution, education, cultural identity and the social ladder, as noted by Beijing Business Today.

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