Korean couple’s game addiction leads to death of daughter

The irony of it. 

A Korean couple have been arrested over the death of their 3-month old daughter. The baby died from malnutrution due to neglect by her parents who spent more time playing online games and nurturing a virtual child! The couple doted more on the avatar child , “a virtual girl character called “Anima” in “Prius Online”, a popular role-playing game in South Korea”.

Terrible as it is, one wonders if the news is that shocking, or was it something that was bound to happen, as game addicts in society increasingly lose connections with reality and succumb to the allure of the virtual world?

This case of game addiction and its terrible consequences is not an isolated one, and alarming news of game addiction has been increasing in Korea and many other parts of the world.

Let’s hope that this latest incident would be a wake-up call to game addicts and potential game addicts. The obsession with the online virtual world does have real consequences, and in this case, the death of the baby girl is very tragic and very real.


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4 Responses to Korean couple’s game addiction leads to death of daughter

  1. john says:

    Well, making a sorrowful event even worse are the shamefully light sentences that were handed down to the couple (2 years for him and a suspended sentence for her…because she’s pregnant!!??) – sends a very bad message about what was in reality a death by torture of starvation. I would like to hear why they were not sentenced for murder, and given sentences accordingly.

    • blogscapes says:

      Thanks for your comment, John. The other sad thing is that they are not isolated in this. There have been others guilty of real neglect due to obsession with their online lives.

  2. nadee says:

    i can’t believe how an internet addict could cause the death of her own daughter to the extent of neglecting her duties as a mother. that’s plain ridiculous!

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