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duals look in real life without the posing, the filters, the photoshopping and the professional hair and make-up,” Martz said.
Pan, the Renmin University researcher, also believes that pi
ctures shared frequently on social media impose peer pressure on women.
“If people around you look thin on WeChat Moments, you are inevi
tably anxious to fit the general profile of having the ‘right look’,” she said.
Articles have also gone viral in summer on WeChat Moments, with sensational headlines such as “Good-looking girls never
weigh more than 50 kilograms” or “If you don’t lose weight in May, you will cry out loud in June”.
Shen Zijiao, a psychological consultant at Beijing Normal University, said: “Women don’t know what kind of beauty is best for th
em; they just thumb through their phone screens and get the notions of ‘being slender’ consciously or uncons
ciously. They always worry if their bodies are inconsistent with the so-called perfect body shape.”
Smog in greater Beijing area could be thickened by 15 percent, experts say
Climate change has been making meteorological conditions in the
greater Beijing area more conducive to the generation of haze, and combined with heavy s
mog, the situation could trigger a rapid increase in the concentration of airborne pollutants, researchers said.
The National Joint Research Center for Tackling Key Problems in Air Pollution Control demonstra
ted that without a reduction in the discharge of pollutants, air quality in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster
could worsen by about 10 percent and even up to 15 percent in some cities because of unfavorable meteorological co
nditions, the China Meteorological Administration said in a release on Thursday.
Heavy air pollution and a high concentration of particulate
matter is more likely to be seen when wind speeds are lower than 7.2 kilometers per hour, rel
ative humidity is above 60 percent, and there is less than a 500-meter high “mixin
g layer”, which refers to the atmospheric height over which pollutants can be dispersed, it said.
After 40 years of high-speed growth, China’s economy ha
s entered a high-quality development phase. Starting today, China Daily will feature a series of reports to sh
ow the new landscape across the country. This is the first installment of the series.
Beijing’s municipal government has been making efforts to develop high-end industries suc
h as 5G, artificial intelligence and the industrial internet in order to build the city into the nation’s scientific and innova
tion center, which is a core strategy of the capital’s high-quality growth plan, a senior officials said recently.
Lin Keqing, executive vice-mayor of Beijing, said the city is aimin
g to make new information technology and medical health twin drivers of the municipality’s growth.
“Beijing will make better use of resources to develop the biomedical indus
try and extend its value chain,” Lin said. “We have unveiled an international medical-use ro
botics innovation center in Zhongguancun, China’s Silicon Valley, and a group of companies in the sector.”
s include new views on marriage, high levels of divorce, increased education that leads to more employment and b
etter-paying career opportunities, and increased longevity and improved health at older ages.
The growth of one-person households could have numerous consequences for society, ran
ging from housing and health care to the fertility rate and consumption patterns, say experts.
In the US, one major reason for staying single is that marriage isn’t view
ed as it once was, and the age at which one gets married is also rising, the Census report shows.
More than half of the participants in a nationally representative sample (55 percent) sai
d that getting married was not an important criterion for becoming an adult, according to the Census report. The sa
me percentage also said that having a child was not an important milestone of adulthood.
“Decades ago, people often waited (or tried to wait) until marrying before having kids, h
aving sex, or buying a home,” Bella DePaulo, a social scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, t
old China Daily in an email. “Now those possibilities are readily available outside of marriage.”