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信息癌
    2017-December-25  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Meaning:

“信息” means “information,” and “癌” is “cancer.” “Cancer” refers to a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. Up to now, many types of cancer still have no cure. Chinese netizens have used “cancer” to create many words to imply that some behaviors are deeply entrenched and people cannot easily get rid of them, like “直男癌” (literally, “straight men cancer,” another term for man chauvinism) or “懒癌” (literally, “lazybone cancer”). According to an online post, the symptoms of this latest “information cancer” include: feeling compelled to refresh one’s social media accounts every half hour; playing with one’s smartphone even when surrounded by family and friends; checking frequently for new responses to one’s posts on social media; feeling compelled to play with one’s phone before going to sleep each night.

Example:

A: 小丽是不是和父母吵架了?怎么一直坐在沙发上玩手机,半天不说一句话?

Xiǎolì shìbùshì hé fùmǔ chǎojià le? Zěnme yīzhí zuò zài shāfā shàng wán shǒujī, bàntiān bù shuō yījù huà。

Did Xiao Li quarrel with her parents? Why was she just sitting on sofa playing with her phone and not talking at all?

B: 她是“信息癌”,现在的年轻人好多都这样。

Tā shì xìnxī’ái, xiànzài de niánqīngrén hǎoduō dōu zhèyàng。

She is in the grip of FOMO addiction, like many young people today.

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