A woman is expressing her love for her son in a manner that has drawn social media attention.
The Filipino woman, Lilybeth Marvel, goes to an internet cafe to hand-feed her 13-year-old son because he is a video game addict and cannot stop playing for anything, not even to eat food. A viral video shows the woman hand-feeding the boy and even asking him whether he woukd like to go an pee.
The boy refuses to end his 48-hour gaming binge to eat has once again reignited the debate on youth video game addiction.
The 37-year-old mum first noticed there was something wrong with her son Carlito about two years ago, when he began staying up late at an internet cafe near the family home in Nueva Ecija, the Philippines. Things got progressively worse as time went by, to the point where the 13-year-old now spends days on end with his eyes glued to a monitor playing his favorite “battle royale” video game, Rules of Survival. Last week, Mrs. Marvel was filmed delivering her son’s breakfast to the internet cafe and hand feeding him while he continued to play, because he had been there for over 48 hours, report’s Oddity Central.
“My poor child… Here, eat now,” the concerned mother can be heard telling the boy. “You have so much money, it might take till tomorrow for you to get home. Are you still needing to pee? My goodness, just feel sorry for my child. You are so irritating.”
The money she is referring to is the stack of coins in front of Carlito, which he most likely uses to fund his addiction at the internet cafe. It’s unclear whether his parents actually gave him the money or if he acquired it by other means. At one point she tries to take the coins, but he becomes agitated and grabs her hand, not letting go until she puts the coins back on the table.
Throughout the 3-minute video, the 13-year-old barely acknowledges his mother’s presence. He never even looks at her, instead keeping his eyes on the monitor as he chews the food the woman puts into his mouth.
The shocking video has sparked a debate both on video game addiction among youth and on the mother’s handling of the situation. While some social media users felt sorry for the woman, most blamed her for enabling her son’s addiction by hand-feeding him while he continued playing, instead of just dragging him home.
After the footage went viral, the mother took to the internet to explain that she and her husband had tried a rough approach at first, by banning Carlito from going to the internet cafe. That didn’t work out as well as they had hoped, as the 13-year-old always found ways to sneak out, so now they’re trying to do things differently.
“I used to just nag about his online games. But that didn’t work. So I’m trying a different approach,” the woman said. “I try to make him feel that whatever is happening in his life, I am his mother who loves him and takes care of him.”
Carlito’s desperate parents have pulled him out of school, because he had started skipping classes to play video games.
Now they are trying to adopt the option of managing his addiction, yet they admit that it is very difficult and have pleaded online for help.