4 facts that show that Chinese will do everything to get a smartphone
Sell your Kid
In Tong’an, a young couple was condemned to 3 years of jail after selling their baby on internet. Being in a bad financial situation, with the money of the exchange they wanted to buy a motorcycle and an IPhone. Indeed, a man did buy the new born for 23 000 yuan, to offer it to his sister.
Sell your organs or sperm
Since a few years, more and more Chinese sell their organs because of their financial difficulties, in order to buy Apple products such as IPad or IPhone. In 2011, a Chinese man, Zheng, decided to sell one of his kidney to be able to buy an IPad 2. He found an announce on internet offering 2 700 euros for one kidney. The truth is that the hospital where he get his surgery actually rented surgery blocks to a private company which sells organs on the black market.
Following the same idea, a Chinese sperm bank published an announce on Wechat: “Get a free IPhone 6S in exchange for your sperm!”. Indeed, the price offer for a sperm donation equals the price of the IPhone 6S, between 5 000 and 6 000 yuan. This announce actually bring more than 500 000 visitors to that sperm bank.
A pedestrian way for smartphone addicts
In a few Chinese cities, special pedestrian ways were created especially for smartphones users, like it is the case in Chongqing. Those pedestrian ways are supposed to avoid accident involving people with literary their heads in their screens.
An investigation was carried by National Geographic concerning those pedestrian ways for connected people, it actually revealed ironically, that most individuals didn’t even noticed this new concept.
IPhone for life and Death
China has a strong tradition regarding ancestors and the dead people, with a strong cult of the dead and important funeral ceremonies. The new trend is now to offer IPad and IPhone to be burned during a funeral, to honour the dead.