Is Fortnite starting a family feud?
Fortnite may be one of the hottest games among kids today—but Fortnite fever is also spreading to adults as well. Parents are even hiring coaches for their kids to get better at the game. Celebrities such as rapper Drake and NFL player and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster play the game. Millions more have caught on to the battle royale craze of 2018. However, there is a darker side to the red-hot video game: it may be causing divorces.
The divorce numbers come from UK divorce resource site Divorce Online. However, it wouldn’t be surprising if Fortnite is at the epicenter of some divorce proceedings here in the United States. “These numbers equate to roughly 5 percent of the 4,665 petitions we have handled since the beginning of the year and as one of the largest filers of divorce petitions in the UK is a pretty good indicator,” said Mark Keenan, the editor of the Divorce Online blog.
Excessive gaming could strain relationships in more ways than one for some couples.
While gaming is pretty accepted in society today, there is the ever-present issue of “spouse aggro” that originated from people obsessively playing MMORPGs. Players have spent $8.2 billion on online games in July 2018 alone. This means that Fortnite may have not only taken a toll on couples spending time with each other, but also on their finances.
Divorce Online also stated that the addiction to Fortnite and other online games is no different than addiction to drugs, alcohol, and gambling. These three factors are often cited in divorce proceedings. “Addiction to drugs, alcohol, and gambling have often been cited as reasons for relationship breakdowns but the dawn of the digital revolution has introduced new addictions,” Keenan also said.
What do you think of Fortnite causing divorces? Has anyone here been on the receiving end of spouse aggro? Let us know in the comments below!