LOVECHILD…is a new documentary, airing tonight on HBO. It is frightening. We need to TAME technology. This true story has always disturbed me partly because it seems to be a clear indication that instances of people losing themselves in digital pseudo-realities (and soon more sophisticated virtual “realities”) is likely to become an ongoing, powerful phenomenon, to the detriment of children, family, the player, society. “The film examines the real-life story of a South Korean couple who, in 2010, would regularly leave their three-month-old daughter at home unattended to play a popular online game. Addicted to their virtual lives, the couple neglected their infant daughter to the point where the baby died from malnutrition. What’s even more shocking, the parents were taking care of a virtual child in their internet fantasy game, while their real child was essentially dying from starvation.”

See the trailer:

And it happens in Australia…and right here in the USA too:


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