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Are you a 宅男 or 宅女?

Did you know there are more Chinese internet users than there are Americans? You can bet that many of them are 男 (zhái nán).
你知道吗,现在中国的网民比美国的还多!你猜对了,他们大部分都是宅男。

宅男 (zhái nán) is Chinese slang term for a male geek or nerd, and it literally means "house male". 宅女 (zhái nǚ) means a female geek or nerd. In terms of tone, it's more or less the same as the Western version.
宅男,字面意思为"居家男人",特指男性极客或男书呆子。同理,宅女亦指女性极客或女书呆子。就语言色彩而言,这层含义与西方版的多少有些相似。

However, it has some differences from the Western notion of a geek or nerd. A 宅男 will spend all day alone in their room in front of their computer, entertaining themselves with games, chatting, TV dramas, and movies. They sorely lack social interaction.
不过,这和西方概念中的极客或是书呆子还是有区别的。宅男会独自呆在自己的房间里,一天到晚坐在电脑前,打游戏、聊天、看剧、看电影。他们是极度缺乏社交的人群。

Here are the features of house people, exclusive of housewives without occupations and other unemployed persons.
宅人们的特点(剔除了没有工作的家庭主妇和失业待业者):

Between the age of 15-35
年龄在15-35岁
Not interested in sports and seldom go out
不爱运动,极少出门
Having irregular work schedules
作息时间不稳定
Looking cold outside but charismatic inside, and having a dual personality
性格闷骚,多有两面性
Preferring to do things on their own than to socialize
社交不活跃,喜欢一个人做事
Collect everything and record everything
有收藏癖,热衷写日志
Addicted to computer and network
依赖电脑,依赖网络

A breakdown of the characters in 宅男 (zhái nán) and 宅女 (zhái nǚ):
宅男和宅女可以拆解为:

宅 (zhái): house
eg. 住宅 zhù zhái

男 (nán): male
eg. 男孩子 nán hái zi

女 (nǚ): female
eg. 女生 nǚ shēng

Observing below how Chinese people use the word 宅男 really brings the meaning to life.
以下这些关于宅男的例句更加传神地诠释了这个词的意思。

1) The internet has led to the rise of many male and female geeks – their social circle is narrower than before.
网络催生出许多宅男宅女,他们的社交圈变窄了。
wǎng luò cuī shēng chū xǔ duō zhái nán zhái nǚ, tā men de shè jiāo quān biàn zhǎi le

2) Made specially for male geeks? A washing machine that only works after you beat the video game.
宅男专用?游戏获胜才能工作的洗衣机。
zhái nán zhuān yòng? yóu xì huò shèng cái néng gōng zuò de xǐ yī jī

3) A serious issue facing many male and female geeks is how to maintain their health.
摆在许多宅男宅女面前的一个严峻问题是,如何才能保持健康。
bǎi zài xǔ duō zhái nán zhái nǚ miàn qián de yí gè yán jùn wèn tí shì, rú hé cái néng bǎo chí jiàn kāng

4) Enter the secret life of male and female geeks.
走近宅男宅女们的私密生活。
zǒu jìn zhái nán zhái nǚ men de sī mì shēng huó

5) A bright and sunny geek: happiness requires quality.
阳光宅男:幸福得有质量。
yáng guāng zhái nán: xìng fú děi yǒu zhì liàng

Now, you know about Chinese 宅男 and 宅女. Are you one of them?
现在,你知道中国的宅男宅女是什么意思了。那么,你也是其中一员吗?

2016-06-21

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