Let’s face it, some gamers have issues with getting their priorities straight. And any time they get involved with a popular video game, it’s the game that gets the blame for their neglecting important things in life. The latest victim is a candidate for everyone’s favourite battle royale game, Fortnite.
The Independent reports that a blog post on the website Divorce Online is the source of the confusion. And after having a read ourselves, it’s easy to see why.
Divorce Online is responsible for delivering affordable legal services to those in the UK seeking divorces. The company went through its own data and found that 200 divorce petitions this year mentioned Fortnite, alongside other unnamed online games.
Fortnite, being one of the hottest games out of the media oven, is likely something to be highlighted. It’s immensely successful, and is available not only on PC, but also on consoles and even mobile devices. Like any other popular video game though, it’s going to bear the brunt of whatever political and social issues are at the time. This will range anywhere from antisocial behaviours to mass shootings in the States.
And yet, the blog post did not indicate if Fortnite alone was the culprit behind the divorces, or even the main culprit among the many potentially addictive games out there.
The post then went on to say 5% of the 4665 petitions for divorce (~233) are caused by the “digital revolution” that “has introduced new addictions.” These new addictions, in addition to online games, include things like pornography and social media, further diluting the possibility of Fortnite being responsible for the 233 petitions.
All that said, we’re not denying that putting Fortnite before relationships will cause the latter to fall apart. As with any video game, spend only a responsible amount of time there so that it doesn’t affect real life. While we do need our escape from reality, we also need to remember we can’t run away from it forever.
(Source: The Independent)