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A little extreme: Chinese teen attempts to overcome gaming addiction by cutting off hand

Gaming addiction is a huge issue in China – with over a billion inhabitants, it’s not surprising that a small section of its population, estimated to be 14% of the country’s youth, is suffering from the temptation of gaming. China has most famously introduced military-stylized camps to help addicted individuals kick the habit, but often this is at the behest of the individual themselves. One teenager in Nantong, China came to the realization himself that he was addicted to games and sought to rectify this, albeit a little too extremely.

The 19-year-old teen, identified only as “Little Wang”, snuck out of his house at night, taking a knife with him, and left a note which read:

Mum, I have gone to hospital for a while. Don’t worry. I will definitely come back this evening.

The boy then proceeded to cut off his left hand with the knife and called a taxi to take him to the hospital, leaving his hand behind. Despite this, authorities recovered the hand and it was eventually reattached, though it’s been suggested that he may not ever regain full control of the hand.

As is sadly sometimes the case, Little Wang’s parents were unaware of their son’s addiction, saying to The Telegraph:

We cannot accept what has happened. It was completely out of the blue. He was a smart boy.

What do you think about this teen dealing with his gaming addiction this way? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: The Telegraph via BGR

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One comment

  1. Seems a little bit harsh. I imagine it did the trick though.