Plastic Friendly Sentiments
“Plastic friendly sentiments” is also known as“plastic friendship.” This term originated from two videos of the interview on March， 2017 of the Singapores BY2 band formed by Miko and Yumi. As twin sisters， the two of them mock and lash out at each other. Thus netizens call this kind of friendship “fake affection of sisters” or“plastic affection between sisters.” Plastic flower， though it looks beautiful and never withers away， and sometimes can almost look genuine， is after all artificial， which has no fragrance， let alone soul. “Plastic friendly sentiments”is comparatively common among girls. There are “plastic sisters，” “plastic bosom friends，” etc. They may look very intimate and thick with each other， however， they may talk one way and think another or say what they do not think， sometimes just to save face， and sometimes for their own interest. They superficially keep peace with each other but their real affection may have turned sour. They may fall out or even turn hostile all of a sudden. There is a common saying： “Three females are enough to put up a drama.” Some girls seem to resort to deception and fraud in social interaction. They deal with each other courteously but without sincerity.
“Plastic friendly sentiments” is also used to refer to boys who on the surface assure the other party that they will even risk their own lives for their friends but in fact may give them a stab from behind instead. Such affection may look auspicious， but it is a waste of ones energy dealing with such a friend.
However， “plastic friendly sentiments” is sometimes used as a kind of mockery. For example， someone might say， between him and me exist only “plastic friendly sentiments.”● 氣球式社交
Balloon-Like Social Intercourse
Such relationship is like a balloon， easy to blow larger but at the same time easy to bust. It breaks at a prick， and its beauty never lasts long. This is the fashion of present social intercourse of young people. It is easy for people to get to know each in social gatherings. They usually go there by themselves， but it is somewhat awkward without a companion， so they might add each other as good friends on social media and would chat cheerfully. But afterwards they may simply have no contact with each other. More and more young people have got used to “balloonlike social intercourse.” Quick indifference follows quick chumming up. One neednt be mindful in such communication， nor try to think ways to maintain such relations as they do not care when it breaks. You will lose if you are too serious about it.
The author of Awkward， Ty Tashiro， a psychologist in America， holds that “The benefits of social intercourse lie in the fact that it reminds us that we need the sense of belonging and tells us that everyone must be a member of a group from which he can get support.” But bloom-like social intercourse does not seem to be of a lasting mode.
Huang Silin， an associate professor at the Beijing Normal University， thinks that such phenomenon among young people， especially among college students， has much to do with their purpose of intercourse and the need to maintain such relations. Sometimes， though they have set up WeChat contact， they have no need to maintain it as there is nothing that demands intercourse and this does not have much impact on their willingness to keep it. Shallow intercourse has radically changed the content. Some people say， “We seldom discuss topics beyond our daily life and are no longer accustomed to serious conversations in a comparatively more serious atmosphere. It has become so difficult to find someone to talk about aspiration and interest.” So perhaps instead of having “balloon-like” quick social relations， it is better to slow down and try to establish lasting and better relationships.