A college freshman stoked ire on social media for complaining that her parents do not give her enough spending money to support her lifestyle.
A screenshot of the WeChat post showed the young woman, who was not identified, described how the 2,000-yuan (US$281) allowance her parents give her is far from the 4,500 yuan (US$632) she expects on spending every month.
“When I was in high school, they wouldn’t bat an eye to spend 4,000-6,000 yuan on after-school classes and such,” she wrote. “Now at the end of the month I have to eat in the school cafeteria.”
She then expressed surprise when her parents refused. “My mother not only refused but also got angry with me saying I didn’t need to spend that much.”
“A girl needs things like makeup and new clothes and stuff. If I were a boy, I wouldn’t spend so much,” she wrote.
The post enraged many on social media, who said many college students have no concept of money or how to budget.
According to a survey by the Jiangsu-based newspaper the Yangtse Evening Post, most college students live on 1,500 yuan (US$211) to 2,000 yuan (US$281) a month. Few receive over 3,000 yuan (US$422).
This post shows how many students feel entitled and think nothing of their parents giving them money, read an opinion piece for Shanghai-based news portal The Paper.
Many born in the 1990s and 2000s are only children and therefore accustomed to getting money from their families. Some college students spend even more than they may be able to earn after they graduate. College students must also develop life skills such as thrift if they are to be independent adults, the article added.