In a time when almost everyone has access to the Internet, the number of active users who are into internet gaming has reached a peak. As a matter of fact, several countries see online game addition as a problem, as more and more teenagers are neglecting their social lives and studies in favor of internet gaming. To fully demonstrate this problem, a gamer from China was left paralyzed from the waist down after spending 20 hours playing games at an internet cafe.
In Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China, the aforementioned gamer arrived at the cafe on January 27 and stayed there to play a computer game until the next day. When he needed a toilet break, the Chinese man realized that he could no longer move his legs.
His friends who were present at the time immediately called for an ambulance. As he was being placed on a stretcher, the gamer reportedly instructed his friends to continue playing the game for him.
As unfortunate as this was, it is not an isolated case in China. Internet gaming addiction has been running rampant in China for years.
In fact, there are even boot camps aimed to eliminate this particular habit. According to the Lad Bible, these boot camps employ “psychological counseling and physical training” similar to the military, which has led critics to call them out.
It certainly didn’t help their case when an 18-year-old was reported to have died inside a boot camp last year. Two days after he was enrolled by his parents, the boy suffered fatal injuries. In an interview, the aggrieved mom was quoted as saying:
“My son’s body was completely covered with scars, from top to toe… When I sent my son to the centre he was still fine, how could he have died within 48 hours?”
As further stated in the report, internet providers such as Tencent are doing their part by limiting the hours one can consecutively spend on one of their online games. However, this has yet to make a change in the country’s rampant internet gaming addiction.
What can you say about this man who was left paralyzed from the waist down due to his internet gaming addiction? Do you think that the government has to establish a law addressing this seemingly toxic habit? Comment below!