by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:
Fortnite is the most popular video game in the entire world right now, and for some people it is literally taking over their entire lives. More than 40 million people have downloaded the game since it was released last July, and it just seems to keep getting more and more popular. In fact, just watching other people play Fortnite is a full-time obsession for some people. If you can believe it, fans around the globe spent more than 5,000 years watching Fortnite streams on Twitch during a recent two week period. We live in a society where there is so much unhappiness, and addictive games such as Fortnite provide a very pleasant escape from reality. Unfortunately, Fortnite addiction has become a very real phenomenon, and frustrated parents all over the globe are searching for answers.
In the UK, one 9-year-old girl was so addicted to Fortnite that she would literally play the game for 10 hours a day…
– Secretly got up in the night and played until dawn.
– Neglected to go to the toilet because she could not bear to leave the screen.
– Hit her father in the face when he tried to confiscate her Xbox gaming console.
– Dozed off in class because of her night-time addiction.
Eventually her parents decided that they had to limit her game time, and so she just started playing the game secretly at night. At one point things got so bad that she wouldn’t even stop playing to go to the bathroom…
Despite limiting their daughter’s time on the game to one hour on school nights and two on weekends, they were still suspicious.
Carol said: “My husband saw her light on in the night and found her sitting on a urine-soaked cushion playing the game.
“I found her backside was red-raw. She was so hooked to the game she wouldn’t even go to the toilet.”
So her parents decided that they need to contact a psychotherapist, and now she is in a rehab program. The psychotherapist that is treating this little girl says that he has never seen anything like he is seeing with this game…
The parents contacted addictions counsellor Steve Pope, who agreed to see the girl for psychotherapy. Steve told the Sunday People: “Over the last two months I’ve been contacted by dozens of parents with children as young as eight showing signs of addiction to Fortnite.
“I’ve been working in this field for three decades and never seen anything like it, how widespread and potentially damaging this is.
“I know bright kids who will fail their exams this summer because of Fortnite, kids who are stealing from their parents and friends to pay for the extras, kids who urinate in bottles because they can’t bear to leave the game.”