Categorized as an official disorder in the mainland, spending too much time in front of the computer can lead to online gamers and internet addicts being electro-shocked. While these treatment methods, a combination of shock therapy and military camps, remain hotly debated, a Taiwanese man may have contributed to the cause of those combating internet addiction, by dropping dead in an internet cafe on February 6. Even the clerk didn’t realize he was dead until over an hour later, people.cn reports:
“A 43-year-old man surnamed Wang arrived at an internet cafe in Fengshan at 7.44 am on the 6th to surf the internet, and he sat there for over 12 hours… At 8 pm, another customer passed by and saw him lying in his chair with bulging eyes, not moving at all. They thought it strange and reported to the clerk.
The clerk took a look and told the customer that Wang is a regular and often slept like that, assuming he was fine. After an hour, the clerk noticed that Wang had not moved, and became suspicious and went to wake him, only to find he was already dead.”
The report went on to say that Wang’s screen displayed Youtube, with merely “D” in the search box, perhaps indicated that Wang had dropped dead before he got the search results. While his body lay in the chair, customers who sat 2 or 3 seats next to him continued surfing the internet and watching movies like nothing extraordinary had happened. The reporter quoted one customer who said: “Didn’t think much about it, it was none of my business. Since I paid money, I just kept on gaming!”
Wang is only one of the many lives that internet cafes have claimed. Last year, a young boy went into a fit after a 30 hour session in an internet cafe in Jiangsu, and luckily survived in the hospital. A man in Nanning passed away in an internet cafe last August after spending over 10 hours in front of the computer screen. The most horrifying tale is perhaps that of a 23-year-old who died in his chair at an internet cafe in Xinbei; he was frozen in his gaming position, one hand holding the mouse and another hand typing at the keyboard.