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devilsdancefloor
03-09-2010, 03:08 PM
http://www.boston.com/community/moms/blogs/child_caring/2010/03/couples_baby_dies_while_they_raise_virtual_child.h tml


Couple's baby dies while they raise virtual child
E-MAIL | LINK | ADD A COMMENT (22) Posted by Lylah M. Alphonse March 8, 2010 12:45 PM

After a five-month chase, Korean authorities last week arrested a couple for allegedly allowing their 3-month-old daughter to starve to death while they nurtured a virtual child online.

Kim Yoo-chul, 41, and his partner Choi Mi-sun, 25, both of whom were unemployed, immersed themselves in a role-playing game called Prius Online, where they were "raising" a perfect little girl named Anima; in real life, their daughter, who was born prematurely and never named, was allegedly left at home alone and fed once a day, when they took breaks from their 12-hour-long game-playing shifts at a neighborhood internet cafe, The Telegraph reported.

After one such 12-hour shift in September, the couple came home to find their baby dead and called the police. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be prolonged malnutrition.

How does something like this happen?

It's easiest to blame internet addiction -- after all, more than 70 percent of the people in South Korea are online, 96 percent of the population there considers internet access to be a fundamental right, and 83 percent of South Koreans say they feel the government has no right to regulate any of it, according to data from the BBC. Online gaming teams have corporate sponsors, and neighborhood high-speed internet cafes are open 24/7. But while a countrywide acceptance of (and obsession with) online gaming must have played a large part, I can't help but think that there's more to the story.

According to a 2005 report in the International Journal of Nursing Studies, a six-week study of 50 women in Korea who had given birth to premature infants showed that the new mothers felt "self-blame, concern about the infant, reluctance to express negatives, fear of stigmatizing responses to the infant by others, and delayed joy in mothering." The reasons were largely cultural: Prematurity is stigmatized because many people there believe that negative thoughts can lead to negative consequences, and that mothers bear responsibility for the condition of their infants at birth. Pregnant women are expected to look only at "beautiful" things in order to have a beautiful child; everything the mother-to-be eats, thinks, feels, or sees is thought to influence the physical characteristics of the baby.

In the virtual world of Prius Online, players choose their careers and the friends, and are rewarded with a child for successfully passing a certain level -- a perfect child, with magical powers. The game, which used to be called Anima Online, is a 3-D Real Time Emotional Fantasy game -- that is, it's an alternate reality, one where players can be automatically and effortlessly successful.

"The couple seemed to have lost their will to live a normal life because they didn't have jobs and gave birth to a premature baby," Chung Jin-Won, a police officer, told the Yonhap News Agency in Korea. "They indulged themselves in the online game of raising a virtual character so as to escape from reality, which led to the death of their real baby." Professor Kwak Dae-kyung of Seoul's Dongguk University suggested that the couple felt that their online efforts "erased any sense of guilt they may have had for neglecting their daughter" in real life. (In speaking to reporters after his arrest, the father said that he wished the baby "hadn't got sick and that she will live well in heaven forever.")

If Prius Online hadn't been available, would the couple have sought to escape their lives in some other way? Probably. That doesn't excuse their behavior or make this news any less horrific, but it does make it make it clear that there are more problems to address than internet obsession.

Steel_12
03-09-2010, 03:15 PM
Wow...just wow

fansince'76
03-09-2010, 04:36 PM
That poor baby. :shake01:

Hammer67
03-09-2010, 06:03 PM
Those people need to be shot.

X-Terminator
03-09-2010, 06:22 PM
And I thought too many people here lived their lives through the internet...this is ridiculous! :doh: :mad:

Polamalu Princess
03-09-2010, 06:33 PM
This just makes me sick. Such a shame.

steelerdude15
03-10-2010, 01:00 AM
Just goes to show how screwed up people are in this world.

SteelersinCA
03-10-2010, 01:24 AM
This can't be real, I cannot believe it.

SteelerNation12
03-10-2010, 03:49 AM
And they let these people breed? You think after all these incidents over the years, they would start regulating who can have kids or at least have a screening before your allowed to take your baby home.

devilsdancefloor
03-10-2010, 07:49 PM
This can't be real, I cannot believe it.

here are some other links:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/7376178/Korean-couple-let-baby-starve-to-death-while-caring-for-virtual-child.html

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/korean_couple_addicted_starve_virtual_geeJRZbBHuJM a5du26gT6O


It is a sick damn world

HometownGal
03-10-2010, 08:15 PM
OMG how horrific! :jawdrop: :mad: :mad:

With all of the really good people in the world who want children and either can't have them or afford adoption, this is even more disgusting and tragic.

Poor little angel - God is taking care of her now. :tombstone:

Galax Steeler
03-11-2010, 03:52 AM
Stupid parents they don't deserve to live. How could anyone let there baby die I just can't believe this.

beSteelmyheart
03-11-2010, 08:08 PM
And they let these people breed? You think after all these incidents over the years, they would start regulating who can have kids or at least have a screening before your allowed to take your baby home.

You should have to be screened before parenthood even occurs!!
Imagine if this were true, maybe this cesspool of humanity would begin to shrink after a generation or two.

Nadroj 20
03-11-2010, 08:19 PM
Wow that is unbelieveable, i cant imagine doing that to a child......:mad: