A teenager, originally from Thailand, who spent his nights in video game marathons was found dead by his father in front of the computer last Monday; the 17-year-old collapsed in front of his computer, a victim of a stroke.
The father stated that he called his son by name and said “wake up, wake up” but he did not respond. “I could see that he was dead,” said Jaranwit, Piyawat Harikun’s father, who did his best to revive him.
On the gamer’s desk there were several containers of takeout food and soft drink containers, which showed that the young man ate in front of the device without moving.
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<p”>Since he finished school in October, his family remembers how Piyawat spent most of the day and night on the computer, so his father regretted not being more strict with his son to curb his addiction to video games.
“My son was smart and always brilliant at school, but he had a big problem with game addiction. I tried to warn him about his relentless long hours playing and he promised to cut it down, but it was too late.”
After being examined by the doctors, they concluded that Piyawat suffered a stroke, triggered by the hours he spent without sleeping to dedicate it to the computer.
“I want my son’s death to be an example and a warning to parents whose children have become addicted to games. They must be more strict with their children’s play hours, otherwise they could end up like my son.”
Video game addiction, similar to drug addiction
Video game addiction is considered a mental disorder, because its manifestations are similar to those caused by addictive substances, reported the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
The research department reported that dependence on video games can affect children’s brain development, so currently the International Classification of Diseases, published by the World Health Organization (WHO), places this problem among the disorders caused for substance use or addictive behaviors.