A teenager in China is recovering after stealing a kitchen knife from his family and running away from home to chop off his own hand, in hopes of curing himself of internet addiction.
The teen, named as “Little Wang”, reportedly left a note for his mother before sneaking out to a nearby park bench, and severing off his own hand with a kitchen knife. Because that’s a totally reasonable way to cure yourself of Internet addiction, right?
After cutting off his own hand on a park bench he then took a taxi to the hospital, leaving the bloodied hand behind. However, upon arriving to the hospital doctors were able to ascertain where the teen had left his hand, and were able to reattach the hand. Though they fear he may never have full mobility of the severed hand.
There are currently an estimated 24 million young “web junkies” in China according to official estimates and a growing number of clinics and military-style “boot camps” designed to rehabilitate them.
However, hoping to rid himself of the vice, one 19-year-old from the city of Nantong in Jiangsu province took drastic measures of his own. He hacked his left hand off, according to a report on the Jiangsu TV channel.
“We cannot accept what has happened. It was completely out of the blue. He was a smart boy,” his mother, who declined to be identified, told reporters.
The woman said she had gone to her son’s bedroom at around 11pm last Wednesday only to find that he had disappeared. She found a handwritten note on the bed in which he should have been sleeping.
“Mum, I have gone to hospital for a while,” it read. “Don’t worry. I will definitely come back this evening.”
By then, her son, who was identified only as “Little Wang” had already smuggled a kitchen knife from their home and snuck out. Safely out of sight, the teenager severed his left hand at the wrist. He called a taxi to take him a nearby A&E and left the hand lying on the ground.
Local television broadcast gory images of a bloodstained bench on which the boy had reportedly been sitting when he cut off his hand.
Surgeons at a local university hospital managed to reattach the hand after it was recovered by police but said they could not guarantee full mobility would return. One of the boy’s teachers, who was not named, blamed his actions on an internet addiction which had made him “impetuous”.
Campaigners say Asian countries such as China, which boasts some 649 million internet users, are in the midst of a major online addiction epidemic.
Tao Ran, an army psychologist who runs a well-known Beijing rehab centre for internet addicts, estimated that around 14 per cent of his country’s youth were now hooked.
I can’t help but wonder what sort of world we’d be living in of sex addicts treated their addiction the same way.
Well, I’m addicted to sex and there’s nothing I can do. I guess I should just chop this dick off now and be done with it.
Because I’m somewhat curious about Internet Addiction, I wondered how I’d fare taking an Internet Addiction test. Given that we here at BroBible get paid to do things on the Internet, and therefore spend an inordinate amount of time surfing the World Wide Web, I thought maybe that would skew the results.
As it turns out I only scored a 38/100 on the Internet Addiction scale, which puts me firmly in the realm of ‘normal internet user’…to which I was actually slightly offended. Would a normal internet user wake up at the ass crack of dawn to find stories about Chinese teens severing their hands, then blog about them?!
If you’re interested in the Internet Addiction test you can take it by clicking HERE.
For more on this story you can head on over to The Telegraph.