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    33 million teenage Internet addicts!? That may seem small when you compare it to China's total population of a billion plus;but,it's still an unreal number...

    Chinese man dies after web gaming binge: report



    Mon, Feb 21, 2011


    "A Chinese man in his 30s has died after a three-day gaming binge at an Internet cafe outside Beijing, during which he did not sleep and barely ate, state-run media reported Tuesday.

    The incident highlighted the country's ongoing battle to stamp out Internet addiction, which affects tens of millions of Chinese, according to researchers.

    The man, who was not identified, slipped into a coma this week in the cafe on the outskirts of the capital and was rushed to a nearby clinic, where he died shortly after, the Beijing Times said.

    He had spent more than 10,000 yuan ($1,500) over the past month on Internet gaming, and had barely moved from his computer for a three-day period, the report said.

    Police confiscated several computers as part of their investigation but have ruled out murder and thus far have not detained the operators of the small cafe, which only had about a half-dozen terminals, it added.

    The number of teenage Internet addicts in China has risen to 33 million, according to state media reports citing Chinese researchers.

    Concerns over Internet addiction have spurred a new industry, with unlicensed web "boot camps" springing up around China.

    The government has also taken a series of measures to cope with the problem. Authorities recently ordered online video game operators to allow parents to monitor their children's playing sessions or even put in place a total ban."
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    3 days no food.. staring at a violently flickering screen with no sleep
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    Quote Originally Posted by sketch42 View Post
    3 days no food.. staring at a violently flickering screen with no sleep
    Yep, probably a defect of some type in one or more major organ, which had never been diagnosed. That long of a session, under those conditions was just too much.

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    So one person dies? What's your point? Maybe he would've have gotten a heart attack three years earlier if he had married some village bimbo, was forced to stay at home every night, and watch some telenovela-style Bold and the Beautiful crap in Mandarin.
    And he probably would have killed her, his neighbors, and most small animals in the neighborhood.

    Besides, what is the number of TV addicts in the US? You really think that's less than 33 million?
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    I'm skeptical of that data since it would account for nearly 10% of all internet users in China.
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    One person dying isn't what shocked me,it was the number of Internet addicts. Even if the numbers are off by 50%, that still leaves 16.5 MILLION.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobKy View Post
    One person dying isn't what shocked me,it was the number of Internet addicts. Even if the numbers are off by 50%, that still leaves 16.5 MILLION.
    Shocking yeah...

    19.5 million people over the age of 12 use illegal drugs in the United States (Mayo Clinic).
    and those numbers are not recent.

    Add to that most parents have absolutely no idea what their kids are up to, so by all means, feel free to double that estimate.
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    [QUOTE=GuyFromNam;288689

    Add to that most parents have absolutely no idea what their kids are up to, so by all means, feel free to double that estimate.[/QUOTE]

    I totally agree. When you combine drug addiction and Internet addiction, it clearly shows that many parents are either clueless or perhaps addicts themselves.
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    Internet is not an illegal drug you know...

    Those statistics have Chinese government propaganda written all over them.

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