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Bei­jing Daily): From time to time, peo­ple are asked to vote for their friends’ or rel­a­tives’ chil­dren though WeChat or QQ links in var­i­ous con­tests. Most peo­ple are tired of and even dis­gusted by this kind of vote so­lic­i­ta­tion, but they feel it would be un­friendly to re­ject their friends’ re­quests. Ac­tu­ally, par­ents them­selves are also tor­tured by these con­tests. On the one hand, they fear that if they do not turn to their friends for votes, their chil­dren will be left be­hind by their peers. On the other hand, they have to beg oth­ers to vote for their chil­dren, which makes them feel dis­graced. On­line vot­ing, par­tic­u­larly vote so­lic­i­ta­tion is in­creas­ingly be­com­ing a bur­den to more and more peo­ple.

But why is this form of vot­ing pre­vail­ing since it is hated by so many peo­ple? Ac­tu­ally, it has be­come a game by which var­i­ous sides get their re­spec­tive needs met. A va­ri­ety of so­cial train­ing in­sti­tu­tions cre­ate nu­mer­ous con­tests for chil­dren, claim­ing that these ac­tiv­i­ties will show­case chil­dren’s tal­ent. But in re­al­ity, they pro­mote these con­tests to boost their own fame, so that they can at­tract more chil­dren to take their cour­ses and make more

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