Many of us have grown up with the warning from our parents that staring at the TV too long would damage our eyes. However, this is one of many myths that have either been proven untrue, or alternative ways have been found to eliminating risks to our health.
But these alternative ways have not taken into consideration the daily habits of someone who is addicted to TV or games, and the amount of time they would spend excessively using either one or both.
A 17-year-old from Russia broke a bone in his leg, and to pass the time whilst recovering, decided to start playing a new game. It wasn’t long before he became addicted to that game, playing it for 22 days straight and only taking breaks to eat and take a nap.
He was often heard “bashing” the keyboard, until one afternoon it suddenly stopped, his parents told reporters. As they rushed him to hospital, he was pronounced dead on arrival; reports claim that as the character died in the game so did the young man.
An autopsy revealed that the young man died of second-class syndrome thrombosis—a rare condition caused from staying in the same position for long periods of time.
When we think about addiction, we immediately think of substances that are ingested, but there is so much more that we need to watch out for. Too much of anything can be bad for you and as shown through this tragic story, it can even be fatal.
If you or someone you know feels like you are losing control and need help to overcome an addiction, join the Addiction Cleansing Therapy (ACT) meetings every Sunday at 6pm at the Rainbow Theatre.
SUNDAY | ADDICTION CLEANSING THERAPY | 6PM | RAINBOW THEATRE