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Selling Her Life On The Internet - Would you do this?

Posted by on Mar. 1, 2009 at 1:01 AM
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Would you do this?

 

Story Highlights

  • 26-year-old Chen Xiao put her life online, asking people to fill it with tasks
  • Decision came when she discovered she didn't know what to do with her life
  • Charging $3 per hour, Chen has attended births, met strangers among other tasks
  • Chen will not do anything illegal, immoral or violent
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    BEIJING, China (CNN) -- Chen Xiao had pretty much given up making her own decisions and so decided to throw open her life to the whims of China's hundreds of millions of Internet users, known in China as netizens.

    Beijing resident Chen Xiao decided to put her life up for sale after an unhappy 2008.

    Beijing resident Chen Xiao decided to put her life up for sale after an unhappy 2008.

    "It's your right to arrange Chen Xiao's life, and it's my obligation to serve you," read her online shop.

    Since December, Chen has been allowing others to decide what she will do each day, because, for the most part, last year was awful, she said. Her hometown was hit by blizzards, her country rocked by a devastating earthquake, friends divorced and her clothing shop went bankrupt.

    "Every time I had a plan for what I wanted my life to be like, nothing would come of it. It was very disappointing. I figured if other people came up with things for me to do, I might stumble upon something new and better," she told CNN.

    What she stumbled upon was not only a new life but a new way to make a living. She charges about $3 an hour, and she's been asked to do almost everything from delivering pet food to caring for stray cats to taking a hot lunch to a homeless man.

    What surprised her the most was not so much the varied requests but being able to find happiness in the process.

    "If somebody asks you to do something, something simple, and you do it, it can make you very happy. You can change from a gloomy person to a very bright one. It can help give you a new sense of self-esteem," she said.

    So far, the most meaningful assignment she was given was attending a child's birth -- the father was a complete stranger who just wanted someone to take pictures and share the moment.

    There are limits to what she will agree to do. She will not do anything illegal, immoral or violent, but she said that has not stopped some from asking.

    "When I first started there was this man who would send me these really disgusting text messages. His words were over the top... nauseating," she said.

    There was also a man who wanted to meet her for a few private hours at a ski chalet. When she turned up with a friend to take photographs, he backed out and then demanded a refund, but Chen refused.

    In many ways she is just a glorified errand girl, but with a unique China twist. Chen is another example here of how in China the Internet is crossing over from cyberspace to the real world.

    Chen does not know how much longer she will keep taking cyberrequests. For now it is a good way to survive the financial crisis when many others are losing their jobs and businesses are going broke.

    "When people stop needing me, I'll go back to my original life. But I don't know what will come," she said.

    China's netizens will most likely make that decision for her as well.

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    heidi1439
    by on Mar. 1, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    i dont know if i could ever do this. i would be too afraid of the whackjobs you would meet.

    CharmaineL
    by Bronze Member on Mar. 1, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Big fat NO! Smells of desperation, imo.  And, it's unsafe. Hope she figures things out.

    bad

    ..JessIca..
    by Member on Mar. 1, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    If I was at rock bottom and didn't already have a family of my own then YES. I have always wanted to be spontaneous like this! Hope she finds her path.

    2cuddlebabies
    by Member on Mar. 1, 2009 at 10:19 AM

     i heard of some guy that put hisself on Craigslist (i think that one) and is renting hisself. he put the ad as rent-a-gent. he charges like $20-25 an hr. his wife does not mind as long as she meets the women first. he has went to parties as a date, fixes cars, etc.

     

     

                                    
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    ain-gell72
    by on Mar. 1, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    i think it's awsome! in the end, she is getting what she set out to get! and more!

    forsythia_18
    by on Mar. 1, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    This sounds exciting!  But I would be careful if I were her--She's a very pretty girl.

    caitandcarasmom
    by Member on Mar. 1, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    I wish that I could fly by the seat of my pants like that.  Since she seems to be careful and doesn't do anything dangerous, immoral or illegal, it sounds like a neat way to meet people and do new things.  Too bad she couldn't take it international.  How fun would it be to bum around the world doing odd jobs for people?

    BMW0508
    by on Mar. 1, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    She seems happy doing it. Sounds like she is being precautious and safe as possible. Not for me but it sounds like it's working out for her. Kudos to her.

    crazylena
    by Member on Mar. 1, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    She seems to be a really smart girl and is trying to cover her basis as far as staying safe.  As long as it's legitamate and moral I say go for it.  In this day and age with our economy that is the way people are going to make it by being creative. 

    thisloveofmine
    by on Mar. 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    No.


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