The Media Daily News reports that a West Nyack, NY man was found dead at his computer apparently the victim of trying to keep up with too many forums. Childress H. Wanamaker, age 54, died of starvation according to the West Nyack coroner's office. Although Wanamaker's wife had been bringing her husband meals for weeks, he never took the time to eat them.
"He was glued to his computer 24/7," she said tearfully. "He was so afraid he was going to miss an opportunity to contribute a comment or start a discussion, that he just stopped eating." "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."
Wanamaker was linked into to over 15,250 other community members, many of whom he exchanged notes with daily. He also contributed to 375 blogs and was expected to start an online column about the impact of interactive communications on health, when he died. A virtual memorial service will be held online.
Please members, don't be like Mr. Wanamaker . Perhaps his unfortunate experience can be a lesson.
Take time to be with family and friends, to go outdoors, interact with people in person, and to enjoy life.
Take good care...