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点赞” and “点赞族”


The Internet slang "点赞" (diǎn zàn ) comes from the "like" button in social networks, meaning that one agrees with or likes a post, an article or a Weibo message. Actually, in social networks, the number of likes indicates the degree of popularity.


"点赞"consists of two Chinese characters. "点" means "to click". And "赞" (zàn), literally meaning " to praise", is a button in the shape of a thumb in some social networking apps, like WeChat, so if you like a message or a link or something your friend shares, you can click the thumb sign.




bài tuō bāng wǒ diǎn gè zàn ba jí mǎn 50gè ,wǒ jiù kě yǐ lǐng miǎn fèi lǐ pǐn lā
Lili: 拜托帮我点个赞吧,集满50个,我就可以领免费礼品啦!
Please click the "like" button for me. If I get 50 likes, I'll get a free gift!

xíng wǒ zhè jiù diǎn
Xiao Lin: 行,我这就点。
Alright, I'll do it right now.

nǐ hé lì lì shì hǎo péng yǒu ma
Simon: 你和丽丽是好朋友吗?
Are you and Lili good friends?

suàn bú shàng yě jiù shì diǎn zàn zhī jiāo bà le
Xiao Lin: 算不上,也就是点赞之交罢了。
Not really, we are only casual acquaintances.

With the rise of social networks, a new group of people emerged – like-clicking addicts, people who "like" every post that other people share on Weibo or WeChat regardless of the content. They even "like" others' unfortunate experiences, such as having a car accident, getting robbed or a loved one falling ill. They seldom share any messages or make any comments. Whenever a new messages is shared by their friends in WeChat Moments, they immediately click the "like" button without commenting.


Why do they click the "like" button indiscriminately? There are mainly two reasons. First, they really like the message or links their friends share, such as the photos of beautiful scenery, delicious food and pretty girls. Second, the gesture is a way to maintain relationship with their friends, for they have no idea of what to say on seeing the post. Sometimes clicking "like" is all the commentary they feel comfortable sharing.



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