Man Loses Job, Spends Seven Months Living In Net Cafe

29-year-old Jiang Tao has been dwelling inside an internet café in prefectural city of Changde in China's Hunan province for the last seven months. During that time, Jiang pretty much ate and slept at the café leaving the soft glow of his computer monitor only to clean himself up.

While it may seem that Jiang is a bum, it turns out that he is in fact a very depressed, unemployed man. Graduating university in 2006, Jiang started working and was eventually promoted to regional manager for a tech company in Zhejiang. Jiang was making a moderate living in China, about 7000 RMB (1113 USD ) a month. Jiang's life suddenly came to a halt in 2010 when his company went bankrupt and laid him off. After exhausting much of his savings and resources, Jiang "moved" into an internet café in Changde.

Jiang's tale of living inside the café soon caught the attention of the local media, and a reporter from the local paper of Changde was sent out to the scene to see how Jiang was doing.

The reporter describes Jiang as a homely (or comely) young man with soft facial features, shoulder length hair that is starting to grey, a very pale complexion and limbs that look malnourished. Jiang's "station" appeared to be littered with cigarette boxes and empty water bottles. According to the Net Café staff Jiang leaves the net café for a few hours every two weeks to do laundry and use a bathhouse.

When asked what he does all day when he's at the café, Jiang says that he's pretty much constantly online dawdling, watching movies or playing online games. Jiang says that he's been having problems looking for work, and that it's not that he doesn't want to work, it's just that he doesn't know what he can actually start doing it. Jiang says he's unable to face his family and that he's lost faith in life.

As of right now, the net café seems to be the place for Jiang. He says once he's figured out his problems, he'll be ready to move on and leave.

The owner of the net café, Lei Yong, says that it's worrisome to see a young man spend his life doing nothing.

"We tried to persuade him, but he just doesn't take our advice," said Lei. "We're all worried about his situation, he's so young and he's already got so much white hair."

Jiang's situation isn't exactly new in China. Last week, it was reported that another young man had stayed in an internet café for over 2 months and was starting to stink up the place. Internet cafes operate 24/7 and are usually much cheaper than a hotel room. Some even offer "private" booths that are spacious enough for a grown adult to lay down in. They also serve junk food and beverages around the clock.

宅男失业蜗居网吧7个月 削发"出关 [Tencent Games]

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    Was the reporter confused about Jiang's attractiveness or is it a fault on the part of the writer?

    I feel like he's avoiding facing his life and nothing will happen but bankruptcy.

    I love that no matter where you go in the world you find people thinking the answer to depression is always "get off their lazy ass and work." too bad for the guy, hope he's able to get back on his feet and get the help he needs... seems unlikely in China though.

      Milling around and adding "I have no life, no job, no reason to wake up in the morning" to the equation doesn't exactly HELP depression either. Nobody thinks "get off your lazy ass and work" is the answer to depression, however everybody should know that being a lazy ass with no job definitely isn't helping the situation.

        You've never had depression have you? Even if that's what he wanted to do, depression affects your ability to function and desire to do anything. And yes, people do think "get off your lazy ass and work" is an answer to depression. Go into a room full of people, say "I'm feeling depressed" and invariably there will be people instinctively trying to cheer you up, or telling you to stop being emo and get on with your life, or making some other patronising remark.

        I really hope that this guy can find the spark to get moving again and gets the support he needs. It's really not a fun mental state to be in.

    I got made redundant from GAME, and all I've been doing is playing video games too, where's my story??

      OMG me too =) moved back with my parents and still playin games all day =/

    Someone give him a job lol, could be packing boxes for shipping but just needs to get back into the swing again. Good luck to the guy, hope he does find it feet soon.

    Homely and comely are at opposite ends on the scale of attractiveness...

    Jesus, what does it take to be a "journalist" these days? An internet connection? As another person who's (largely) out of work, maybe I'll start writing - the competition doesn't seem very stiff.

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