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Q: For the expats who have been in China for many years, how has your social life changed?

I've been here for a long time and I realized that I don't go out as often as I used to, don't make much of an effort anymore to make friends, and I feel more satisfaction just doing my work, cooking at home, and saving money. Nowadays I prefer the company of fellow long-term expats than Chinese. Has your experience been similar?

35 weeks 2 hours ago in  General  - China

 
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There is no social life after about 3 years, it's just the same old same old, holidays are too crowded with people, and a concrete cage, your home, is the best place to be most of the time.

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There is no social life after about 3 years, it's just the same old same old, holidays are too crowded with people, and a concrete cage, your home, is the best place to be most of the time.

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not much social life for me now that I have a family,2005-2010 good social life

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Used to party it up in my last city. The place I'm in now is a dud. I DJ out and about every now and then - it's like socialising but you don't have to talk to people, which is nice.

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similiar too.. pretty normal agein' process. no more frequent parties n late nights.. prefr to meet up few close friends only.

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My social life is ok at times. I find nights out with mates are rare enough that things go over the top.

Other changes have a bigger impact. When I lived in the UK I would be out fishing maybe 3 nights a week. Here maybe 6 times a year. That has a big impact.

And TV. I have pretty much not watched it for 6 years now.

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I've lived in China for a decade now. My social life steadily declines with each year. I travel back to Canada for 3 months each year. It is still good in Canada, but in China, it's almost nonexistent this year. So now my social life consists of WeChat and TV while in China.

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Icnif77 for user mod....cast your vote

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From 2008 to 2012 it was all party. Then I got engaged then married. It died a sudden and painful death.

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2013-2018 Seems like I have ended up with less number of people in my circle both at home and here in China.

 

Social media presence went down 95%.

 

No TV/News particularly news. 

 

Just lost within myself and my other half and OF COURSE her family. 

 

But yeah, after seeing the shitload of things around the world specially the war stricken world, I have found peace here in China. Back in 2010-11 I would go crazy at times thinking about the shit going on with innocent people. Wrote a book on those things and was absolutely nuts seeing the horrors of war/conflicts. 

 

 

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Social meetings during the week, brews with my bors in the jing for weekends. 

 

Now in in dongbei in the middle of nowhere, sweet as hell pad, but no bros and can't stand it anymore

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