Bao Nan (
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