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HEFEI Christian Kirksey Jersey , Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- When most of his friends are working in the fields, 53-year-old Jiang Licun is living a life of the fame on the internet.
Putting on a headset, Jiang records a popular song on a singing app on his mobile phone and uploads it. Within a few minutes, the song has more than 20 comments and some listeners give him virtual flowers as encouragement.
""I like reading the comments, and I usually reply one by one,"" said Jiang, a rural resident in east China's Anhui Province.
The music sharing is Jiang's favorite rest and probably sums up the lives of many the vast ageing population in China. This demography is considered the ""unconnected group"" in the internet age Joel Bitonio Jersey , as many of them struggle with the devices and processes needed to gain access to the internet.
But that might no longer be the case. According to a report by the China Internet Network Information Center, by the end of June 2017, of China's 751 million online population, 24.7 percent were aged 40 or above.
For many, online music platforms such as Tencent's WeSing has created a new stage. On the platforms, they can find songs produced in the 1980s and 1990s, connect with other ""singers"" that share similar tastes Jamar Taylor Jersey , and even sing together with a complete stranger.
""I have uploaded 133 songs, and I have 442 followers on WeSing,"" Jiang said. ""My daughter said that I use the app much better than she does.""
By the end of 2016, more than 230 million Chinese were above the age of 60, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs. The government predicts the country's elderly will account for about one quarter of the population by 2030.
In an era of information accessibility, many elderly people are beginning to explore