1. Which social media websites do you use?
I mainly use Wechat, and actually it’s a social media app. Most of my families and friends use this app too, so we can get connected no matter where we are. And there is also a function in this app called Moments, where I can see their updates like funny news they repost and useful information they share.
2. How much time do you spend on social media sites? [Why/Why not?]
Well, I don’t know exactly. Maybe three or four hours every day I guess. Whenever I have free time I would check whether there are new messages or updates on the social media websites. I just want myself to be informed. I mean, I hope to know what’s happening in this world.
3. What kind of information about yourself have you put on social media? [Why/Why not?]
Mainly it’s information about my trips. I love traveling and when I arrive at a new place, I will definitely share the pictures of this spot with descriptions or comments followed. Sometimes I also post my selfies with my cats, because they are so cute and maybe I just want to make others jealous.
4. Is there anything you don’t like about social media? [Why?]
I have to say yes, although I use it quite often. Sometimes I fake my lifestyle on social media even without being aware of it myself. For example, I don’t like doing sports, but when I go jogging or mountain climbing, I’ll share a message on social media to tell others that I’m leading a healthy lifestyle.
Describe something you liked very much which you bought for your home.
You should say:
what you bought
when and where you bought it
why you chose this particular thing
and explain why you liked it so much.
I’d like to talk about the floor lamp I bought from IKEA last year. Actually it was a surprise gift for my wife, for her reading area. She is an avid reader and loves to read books in the couch after dinner. But the lighting there was not so good before the lamp installed.
Anyway, I was looking at lamps in IKEA to find a suitable lamp that would lean over our couch and when I found this lamp, I was so happy because I knew it was the ideal lamp.
I was stunned with the appearance of the lamp. It has a gorgeous neutral linen cylindrical lamp shade and a black marble base, and it cost less than five hundred Yuan. My wife thought I had spent way more than that for this lamp.
We both love this lamp so much, not only because the appearance of the lamp is charming, but also because it shines a reasonable amount of light. There is a built-in variable touch dimmer, which means I can turn off, turn on, and dim the lamp with only a light touch of my finger. And as the light can be dimmed, we are able to choose lighting suitable for every occasion.
1. Why do some people buy lots of things for their home?
Partly because some basic needs I suppose. For example, people buy a TV for living room, a bed for bedroom, because they need watch TV programs after dinner for relaxation and sleep on a comfortable bed for a good rest. In addition, some things are for decoration purpose, like paintings and flowers. People are willing to make their homes cozy, so after a hectic day, they can finally enjoy their life at home.
2. Do you think it is very expensive to make a home look nice?
I don’t think so. I believe making a home look nice is a matter of its being neat and tidy rather than using expensive stuff. I mean, the room won’t look nice when it’s in a mess even if you put lots of luxury goods in it. But you’ll definitely feel relaxed and delighted if the furniture and decorations in the room are in good order.
3. Why don’t some people care about how their home looks?
I believe different people care about different things in their life, so it’s acceptable that there are people who don’t care about how their home looks. Maybe it’s because a home for them is just a place to sleep, to rest. And they don’t even invite friends to their home. So there is no need for them to decorate it or keep it nice and tidy.
4. In what ways is living in a flat/ apartment better than living in a house?
The location I suppose. I mean, if you don’t have a car then the location of your property could be crucial. If you are starting a new job or need to be in the city center, then an apartment is likely to suit you better than a house. It’s much easier for an apartment complex to afford to be in a desirable city location, whereas houses are much more expensive to build for a single homeowner.
5. Do you think homes will look different in the future?
I don’t think so. When thinking about what houses might look like in 50 to 100 years, it's hard to imagine that they'd be totally unrecognizable to us. It's fun to speculate some of the more unusual, futuristic home styles, but most of them aren't going to become the norm. I believe we’ll still have kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms. We'll still sit on sofas, eat at tables and sleep on mattress.
6. Do you agree that the kinds of homes people prefer change as they get older?
Yes, I agree. While children and teenagers prefer their home or room colorful and lively, like putting lots decorations on the wall, as adults we may prefer a simply or a sophisticated home style. My own preferences, for example, have changed over the years – I would never have thought about living in a room without toys when I was a kid.