Gamer spends 6 years in an Internet cafe, shows no sign of stopping

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Mar 27, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT (Updated)

Internet addiction steps up its game.

Li Meng has spent more than half of the last decade in an Internet cafe, and his story is adding to growing concern that online addiction is on the rise.

According to one denizen of the cafe, Meng "generally comes at night to play the game, gets sleepy during the day and sleeps here. From time to time [he] will be out to take a bath." When reporters attempted to speak with him, Meng resisted, but eventually responded. Sort of.

As he talked to our reporter, his gaze was locked to the computer screen, the plastic bag containing his dinner open by his side. He has a monthly income of RMB2,000 ($322), of which 500 ($80) is paid as a fee to the café every month.

So, basically, Meng's entire life is contained within the four walls of that computer-filled room. He's been there so long that the owners of the cafe barely even notice him anymore. One can only hope that, eventually, someone will take enough interest to get him the help he clearly needs.

(via Business Insider)

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