Money shouldn’t buy help

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWOCENTS -

I think WeChat’s hong­bao func­tion has made users ex­pose more of their ma­te­ri­al­is­tic side ( Spot­ting a WeChat beg­gar, Fe­bru­ary 27).

Like the au­thor, I’ve also met some WeChat beg­gars. If it is a close friend who asks for a hong­bao, I for­ward him or her sev­eral yuan with­out hes­i­ta­tion be­cause I know they do it for fun and are not really de­mand­ing money. But if it is from an ac­quain­tance, I find it an­noy­ing and ig­nore it.

Also, I don’t like the cur­rent be­hav­ior in WeChat groups where some­one asks for a fa­vor and sends a hong­bao to get more at­ten­tion.

There are other, more al­tru­is­tic rea­sons for help­ing oth­ers out­side of money. Why do peo­ple nowa­days think send­ing money is the only way to get peo­ple to lend a hand? Emma Wang, by e-mail

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