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September 17, 2007 at 1:46 PM

It’s official: Too much Internet use can kill you

A man in China dropped dead after playing online games for three days straight, according to reports from Chinese media today and this story.

The 30-something man from Guangzhou died Saturday after being rushed to the hospital from the Internet cafe, the Beijing News said. Exhaustion was given as the most probable cause.

CANCAN CHU/GETTY IMAGES

Most of the customers at this Internet cafe in China are students.

It’s hard to know how much of this is real and how much is state propaganda designed to discourage Web addicts. Chinese authorities have been cracking down on Internet content and Web-surfing activities, including banning new cybercafes and limiting the time users can spend playing games online.

As for this poor guy from Guangzhou … maybe his avatar can live on in Second Life.

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