A Shenzhen college student ran the numbers, and now we know: the subscription fee for “girlfriend” is 9,800 yuan/year, and romanticism is utterly dead. The anonymous student kept spreadsheets of his love-related expenditures throughout the year, with results that would tickle an anthropologist but depress a human being.
The Nanfang reports:
The student concluded that, while dating, he could only spend 283 yuan of his 1100 yuan monthly pocket money on himself.
He recorded that of the four most important red letter days in his relationship – birthday, Western Valentine’s Day, qixi, Christmas – he spent 300-900 yuan on presents. He spent 400 yuan on his present for their 1-year anniversary. He and his girlfriend went to the movies twice a month on average, which cost him 700 yuan in one year. He spent 4800 yuan on meals over the year and other activities such as swimming, karaoke and girlfriend’s friends’ birthday parties cost him 3000 yuan.
Other students have pointed out that this student is something of a diaosi, claiming that a romance in Shenzhen should cost at least 12,000 yuan.
That last term, diaosi, was recently defined by The Atlantic as a “poor, unattractive young person who stayed at home all day playing video games, with dim prospects for the future.” Although now, apparently, with a girlfriend.