Work: Why do some Chinese no longer attach great value to work?

  • Ivana Davidovich
  • Business and Finance Correspondent – BBC News

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“I keep getting rid of negative energy in my life. I think 2022 will be better than 2021, but I still feel like I do not want to do anything. I’m going to stay lazy. I’m enjoying it.”

When Jeff (not his real name) left Hangzhou to work for a well-paid app developer in Beijing, the job took up all his time and life like many young Chinese professionals.

And he spent some free time outside playing what he described as “reckless” computer games.

He did not improve his social life in his new town, and eventually stopped trying.

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