'Every day, I log in more than four times, using either my computer or mobile phone. And I stay on for two or three hours,' says Deng Jian, a 21-year-old student at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. She was talking about her habit of using Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like social networking site on the mainland. 'On Weibo, I'm mostly interested in current events, what my friends are saying and information related to travelling and photography,' Deng says. Young people use Weibo and other microblogs to connect with their friends and family, to express their opinions, and to comment on or debate issues. During the first six months of this year, the number of mainland internet users hit 485 million; there were 195 million microblog users. Gao Shan, a student at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, says as many people post messages on Weibo anonymously, it is a great place for them to gossip and express their feelings. 'Some even confess their crush on someone,' Gao says. But not all students are addicted to microblogs. Wang, a student at Guangzhou University, seldom logs in. He says: 'At first, I was also fond of Weibo, but now I have found it to be boring. There's too much information out there, just like a flood. 'People talk about everything and anything, from [revolutionary Karl] Marx to [US President Barack] Obama, from English language tests to love affairs, and from soap operas to a coin they found on the side of the road. What's worse, rumours and slander pervade our microblogs.' Still, for most youngsters, the internet is a part of their lives. Their usage and opinions about microblogs may vary. But like it or not, microblogs are here to stay.