Published Dec 31, 2022

Changheng Zhou  


“Lying Flat” is the literal translation of the Chinese slang term “Tang Ping,” which alludes to the current youth culture of giving up and living a life without ambition. The term was coined against the backdrop of a worldwide economic downturn and reflects the mental confusion and disillusionment of young people. Multiple variables, including excessive social competition, unsuitable school education, and permissive parents, contribute to adolescents’ inactive life attitudes. This article presented some typical lying-flat cohorts, explored the underlying causes, and provided solutions for this problem in an effort to provide suggestions for encouraging the younger generation to regain hope in life and attain self-actualization.



Lying Flat, Youth Anxiety, Competition, Youth Employment

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How to Cite
Zhou, C. (2022). “Lying Flat” and Rejecting the Rat Race: The Survival Anxiety of Chinese Youth. Science Insights, 41(7), 741–747. https://doi.org/10.15354/si.22.re101