Is internet addiction real?


The stories are numerous, yet extreme, and thus widely covered. You’ve probably heard at least a few.

In South Korea, one couple was so committed to their virtual baby that their actual 3-month-old died in her crib, malnourished, dirty, and all alone while her parents binged on the game Prius. In New Mexico, a woman was sentenced to 25 years when her 3-year-old daughter, who weighed just 23 pounds, starved to death; records show the mother had been on World of Warcraft from noon to 3 a.m. the day she found her daughter’s limp body.

There’s the teenager in Ohio who shot his parents in the back of the head with a 9mm handgun when they told him his gaming had gotten out of hand. And the adolescent in Vietnam who strangled an elderly woman to steal $6 for a video game he wanted. There are also cases of…

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