Stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak, people in China have turned to short videos and live streams to conquer their boredom
He goes by the username Yuansan and first live-streamed himself sleeping on February 9 -- originally to verify whether he snores. He woke up the next day to discover that his channel had amassed hundreds of thousands of viewers over the course of the five-hour livestream.
As Douyin creators can convert their virtual gifts to cash, Yuansan has so far made more than 30,000 yuan while literally sleeping.
"Thank you guys for coming to see me these days, but I don't plan to live-stream again anytime soon," reads a comment from Yuansan on his channel. "I have experienced the feeling of being an internet celebrity recently and there's nothing to regret. I'll try to produce quality short videos."
Yuansan's unexpected popularity comes at a time when most Chinese are staying indoors, a measure to stem the spread of coronavirus, as schools, cinemas, bars, and gyms remain closed. As a result, many have turned to the virtual world to conquer their boredom.
Additionally, users spent around 105 minutes on the apps per day, a 34% increase compared to last year's Chinese New Year.
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