Forget Snapchat - Chinese Teens Are Addicted To Live Streaming Apps You’ve Never Even Heard Of

China’s a strange country, in mostly every aspect. Especially when it comes to cultural and technological differences. Young Chinese are caught in a strange world between Western achievements and national…
Forget Snapchat

Chinese Teens Are Addicted To Live Streaming Apps You’ve Never Even Heard Of

China’s a strange country, in mostly every aspect. Especially when it comes to cultural and technological differences. Young Chinese are caught in a strange world between Western achievements and national solidarity, between foreign beauty ideals and Asian pride, between countless opportunities and local realities. China’s a huge, secretive parallel society.

Teens in China don’t use Facebook. They don’t use Twitter. And they don’t use Snapchat. When it comes to online communities, they have their own huge social networks. And with huge, I mean huuuugeee. It’s hard to get into this gigantic cosmos of digital copycats when you’re not familiar with the Chinese language or culture or preferably both.

TechCrunch‘s very own Tito Hamze tried to enter the world of services like Longzhu, Douyu, Xiandanjia, Ingkee, and Yizhibo. He talked to so-called key opinion leaders about the colourful apps millions of Chinese teens are not only mentally but also financially addicted to. China’s a strange country. Especially when it comes to live streaming apps.

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