Internet addiction is a common problem in our age. We’re constantly tied to a network of information, social media, and games via smart phones, tablets, and computers. As much time as you think you spend online though, you probably haven’t clocked in as many hours as Li Meng. He’s more or less lived at an internet cafe near Changchun for the past six years.
A reporter from Beijing Times talked to owner, other gamers, and Li Meng. He leaves for food and to take a shower. Other cafe patrons said, “He generally comes at night to play the game, gets sleepy during the day and sleeps here. From time to time will be out to take a bath.” The owner hardly notices his presence anymore.
As Meng talked to the reporter, he kept his eyes forward:
“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.”
No one mentions what kind of games he is playing, but that’s not hugely relevant. He’s addicted to whatever it is. Just think about the number of hours he spends in front of a computer. Most of us put in at least eight hours a day several days a week for our jobs (how he makes his money is unclear)—but more than that every single day? I couldn’t imagine.