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Fortnite addiction is resulting in hundreds of divorces

By mongeese · 41 replies
Sep 16, 2018
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  1. That's over 200 of the 4,665 petitions for divorce they've received this year. The company is one of the UK’s largest filers for divorce petitions, and to them, it’s “no surprise that more and more people are having relationship problems because of our digital addictions.” The birth of the internet has caused many issues in marriages, they say, and is joining the ranks of drugs, alcohol and gambling.

    It’s no secret that Fortnite has become something of a global sensation, with over 125 million registered players and several million players online at any given time. But let’s look at what that 5% statistic really means if we apply it to the American population.

    A commonly quoted statistic is that somewhere in America a person files for divorce every 13 seconds, meaning someone files for divorce blaming Fortnite and other online games every 5 minutes. I’m not sure where the 13 seconds originates from, but using the American census data from 2016, I calculated that a divorce occurred every 38 seconds. That would be a gaming-related divorce every 12.5 minutes today.

    That would also imply that there will be over 40,000 divorces this year caused by gaming addiction. Yikes.

    Gaming addiction is becoming a heavily debated topic, with the World Health Organization classifying it as a mental health disorder, and several treatment centers already opening. Concerned parents and several politicians have claimed it promotes violence, while many gamers insist it’s just a healthy hobby.

    If it is ruining your relationship, though, it might not be a bad idea to get treatment.

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  2. This actually started quite a while ago, back when consoles first got network support (PS2 era). We had a guy in our clan who would come home from work every night and just play SOCOM until it was time to go to bed. Weekends? All day.

    Needless to say, his wife eventually served him with papers and took the kids.
    Reehahs likes this.
  3. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,378   +935

    **Lack of self control is resulting in hundreds of divorces.
    Clamyboy74, Reehahs, ZackL04 and 5 others like this.
  4. Misagt

    Misagt TS Maniac Posts: 268   +188

    Could you pick a worst game to ruin your life over? It just doesn't make sense to me.
    avioza and EEatGDL like this.
  5. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,755   +1,979

    Well if you don't like the game, that's fine. The thing is, the popularity of the game says you're wrong.
    Clamyboy74, Kibaruk and davislane1 like this.
  6. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,765   +373

    Then it wasn't meant to be.

    It's sad and all, that sometimes we lose our self control. You can develop an addiction to just about anything, but whether you surround yourself with people who actually love you, and can see there's a problem instead of just giving up and leaving, I think that's what makes a difference. I'm saying, it doesn't matter if it's a video game or meth... if you see someone spending a great deal of their resources on one single item, it may be time to intervene.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,876

    We basically need to update wedding vows as followed "for better or worse". People are no longer born with the commitment gene.
    Clamyboy74 likes this.
  8. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,861   +1,142

    LOL...This, Pokemon', x-box etc....
    Get a grip! Morons get married for the wrong reasons. If you value "gaming" that much
    DON'T get married!
    Capaill likes this.
  9. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,755   +1,979

    Or you can get yourself a girl that games with you
    Clamyboy74, Reehahs, Agnomen and 2 others like this.
  10. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,399   +431

    Meh why get married.
    Clamyboy74 likes this.
  11. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +1,327

    If Fortnite didn't exist they would replace it with something else and still eventually divorce. That is the type of people we are talking about. Divorced from reality they are.
    Clamyboy74, Kibaruk and ZackL04 like this.
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,208   +4,876

    Assuming they were once one with reality.
  13. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,755   +1,979

    thats like saying if opiates didnt exist people would still find something to get addicted to.
    Clamyboy74 and gamoniac like this.
  14. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 691   +331

    Better opiates than Fortnite!
  15. VBKing

    VBKing TS Enthusiast Posts: 56   +27

    FAKE NEWS: "That would also imply that there will be over 40,000 divorces this year caused by gaming addiction."

    I find it VERY DIFFICULT to believe that 40,000 American divorces are caused by gaming in a year (that's what the author is applying a 5% UK divorce poll about gaming addiction to). There is NO WAY that number can be true when applied to ALL divorces! Now did 5% randomly mention gaming as "A PROBLEM"? Sure... but it's NOT, NOT, NOT, THE MAIN PROBLEM that a couple gets divorced.

    Obviously, a gaming addiction means they're not spending / not wanting to spend enough time with their spouse, which has many other underlying causes as the REAL PROBLEM. If you're addicted to a 2D fantasy / social media / world instead of the 3D person you live with, you have other problems.
  16. pencea

    pencea TS Maniac Posts: 160   +118

    Fortunately for me, my wife is also a gamer so it’s all good for me. :)
    Clamyboy74, Polycount and Agnomen like this.
  17. Hammayon

    Hammayon TS Booster Posts: 138   +48

    5% is nothing.
  18. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +1,327

    What I said is they would use something else as an excuse for the divorce, not that they would get addicted to something else. Nobody divorces because of Fortnite alone.
  19. Ravey

    Ravey TS Addict Posts: 143   +65

    Well I have recently split from my partner. Part of that reason was that I was spending more time on my laptop than I was with my wife and family. But there was other issues too of course and it wasn't just all my fault the marriage ended.

    What's really odd is that since I moved out I have barely touched my laptop to play games. I just don't find gaming fun at the moment. Then again I start to think that my addiction to gaming was pointing more at problems with my relationship with my wife rather than a physical addiction to gaming.
    ShagnWagn likes this.
  20. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Guru Posts: 354   +352

    Ret4rds. Over a sh*t game aswell. Enjoy.
  21. Fearghast

    Fearghast TS Booster Posts: 58   +43

    It's just common stupidity, nothing new or interesting.
    Do I mean topic or this article ... the mystery remains.
  22. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 642   +241

    Game addiction or jealousy of the game? Likely both. Goes to show that while there is a physical part of addiction, there's a mental part too, and it can be just as strong. Addiction is just hooked on a feeling.
  23. timespacematter

    timespacematter TS Rookie

    Ahhh yess the ever present gluttony pandemic
  24. havok585

    havok585 TS Addict Posts: 199   +57

    Games dont ruin relationships, people themselves do, blaming it on a game is childish.

    Lack of control as someone said.
  25. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 641   +319

    Oh, the fallacy of popularity. If something is popular, it's just popular; it doesn't become the best or the right thing. If the majority of the population is stupid, drunk, or can barely support a family economically: that doesn't mean that's the right way to be/live.
    Misagt likes this.

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