Too Much Internet?

Some people spend way too much time on the internet. South Korea has some of the best broadband access in the world. But they also have people who are way too obsessed with the internet.

For example, there’s an unempleyed couple who would spend 12 hours in a row “at a neighbourhood internet cafe, where they were raising an avatar daughter in a Second-Life-style game called Prius online.” (See online article from UK’s Telegraph) They had virtual careers and virtual friends, and had earned the right to have a daugher, called Anima. The article says “the pair became obsessed with nurturing their virtual daughter.”

Some couples have cats. Some have dogs. Kim and Choi had Anima:

She’s kind of cute. Except for the blue skin. And the stringy hair. And the pointy ears. And those freaky big eyes. They need to get real jobs, a real life, a real kid.

And here’s the punch line: they did have a real child. But they would leave the kid at home alone while they were online, caring for their virtual daughter. But one time they came home to discover the three-month old child had died. From malnutrition and dehydration.

Anima is still alive and well.

2 Responses to “Too Much Internet?”

  1. Devona Nussbaum Says:

    PROBLEM!!!! Alex Meraz is a TOTAL sweetheart, but my daughter was one of the 3 that won a Friendship Lunch Date with Alex… So called Details’ not provided until AFTER the date was won was the 3 young girls and their friends would have to find their own transport to the restaurant from Supanova & PAY for their own lunch & sodas! When they all turned up late Alex seemed embarrassed as he seemed to think the young winners would have been taken in a van by the sponsors to the date’ and instead they were lost in cabs around Brisbane : (Here’s a tip, those girls would have been happy sharing 2 large pizzas & a bottle of coke with Alex in some basic room or even under one of the fig trees outside the seminar rooms at the grounds, he is an adorable, extremely talented very grounded individual, and not all our girls had the money on them for lunch as they had happily paid for extra pics & autographs beforehand only finding out 20mins before the date’ (details were supposed to be phoned beforehand & my daughter sat up most the night waiting with no contact) the young fans had to also pay at the restaurant for winning’ the date, it was embarrassing for them and they are only teenagers and couldn’t even get lunch, no credit cards, not realising winning meant paying for the privilege.It was a great opportunity, but make these young ones aware so they can budget, or spend $100 on pizza & sodas to share with Alex and you could turn this into the fantastic memory & highlight it should have been…

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