Claim: A man starved to death because he refused to leave his computer long enough to eat.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
A WEST NYACK, N.Y. MAN was found dead at his computer apparently the victim of trying to keep up with too many professional forums. Childress H. Wanamaker, 54, an account executive at a New York-based new media company, died of starvation according to the West Nyack coroner’s office. Wanamaker’s emaciated body was found by Loraine, his wife of
Computer forensic specialists from SUNY at Cortland discovered that Wanamaker was subscribed to
“He felt under terrible pressure to be part of the online community,” said his son, Lucian, who says he tried several times to get his father’s attention and lure him away from the computer. “The only time he even looked up was when I told him I had seen Dane Madsen trying to steal his car out of the driveway.”
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Origins: The allure of on-line interaction has led more than a few Internet users to neglect more important
Last updated: 3 June 2005