For China’s upper middle class, driving for Uber is a cure for loneliness

When he drives his BMW 3 Series for Uber, Jasper Fu is not really there for the money

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“I don’t like driving, but I like to talk to people.”

“Under no other circumstance can I find a stranger to talk with me for like 10 to 20 minutes,” he said. His Uber record so far is 12 hours in a row of driving, because he didn’t want to go home and be alone while his wife was working. When he got out of his car, he said, he’d been driving so long that “my legs were trembling.”

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