I really, really wish this headline were inaccurate. But apparently, a South Korean couple let their actual baby daughter starve to death while caring for a virtual child online.
She was 3 months old.
Let that sink in a bit. The parents spent long days at an internet cafe, only feeding the infant powdered milk as an afterthought after 12-hour online binges.
But why? I think I can guess.
The couple originally met online, and neither of the baby’s parents had jobs. This, coupled by the fact that the baby was premature (and thus required even more care), comprised a dismal cocktail that presumably led to the overwhelmed parents neglecting their beleaguered infant for a much less stressful (and completely imaginary) virtual child on the Korean MMO Prius Online.
It’s natural for people to disconnect from reality in particularly stressful situations, but for a couple to do this to their infant child is both heartwrenching and infuriating. To make matters worse, the couple were arrested five months after the baby’s death was reported. Five months!
This is not the first time crazy shit has gone down in South Korea, nor will it be the last. Gamers have died before due to internet and gaming addictions, but this is the first time I’ve ever heard of a baby starving to death from it.
And as much as I’d like to believe otherwise, I know this isn’t the first time that’s happened either.
Source: The Next WebTags: addiction, baby, couple, gaming, Korean, MMO, Online, Prius, South Korea, starve