Man dies from online addiction

This is most bizarre and very sad.

A ‘new media’ 54-year-old addict, unable to take a rest from his online world, has died from from starvation.

For the seven weeks prior to his death, he posted comments into one forum or another on an average of every 30 seconds, while refusing to eat anything.

He also contributed to 375 blogs and was expected to start an online column about the impact of interactive communications on health, when he died.

According to his wife that his last words were “OK Picard, stick that in your pipe and smoke it…”

A virtual memorial service will be held online at a date to be determined.

Full article at MediaDailyNews.

Comments (10)

  1. Jorge says:

    that is WACK!

  2. (also posted on daryllmc’s blog)

    I think it’s hard because to imagine because it really sounds like a hoax.

    In the article, the son’s quotes are too colorful: "..he bellowed banging on his keyboard"? "sat back down mumbling something about two Roman gods"?

    The professor mentioned doesn’t exist at CUNY or SUNY Cortland according to staff/faculty directories, or Google.

    The post is a clear attempt to teach a moral: "watch out, kids, spending too much time on blogs can kill you!". It lacks precise times and dates and yet uses very precise numbers. It uses sensationalist / exagerrated language. I can’t believe editors on the net are not more discerning. This stuff belongs in the Onion, where it would be very funny.

  3. Terry Keith says:

    I’m writing a blog on addiction and wonder if I’m getting addicted to it. Different world out there now.