Thursday, November 29, 2018

Fortnite Blamed for Video Game Addiction in Kids Who Need Digital Rehab

Epic Games' battle royale shooter is getting more flak for allegedly contributing to video game addiction in kids.

Fortnite has come under fire once again for having a detrimental effect on younger players. A child psychologist claims that there has been a marked increase in kids attending counseling on account of video game addiction, which may or may not be tied to the uptake of players since the game's launch.

“This game is like heroin,” said British behavioural specialist, Lorrine Marer, whose work involves dealing with children suffering from video game addiction. “Once you are hooked, it’s hard to get unhooked."

Bloomberg reports on a number of parents and professionals recounting their experiences on Twitter that include a 17-year old playing for 12 hours a day and falling asleep in class, to over half of certain groups of kids getting counseled for video game addiction at a handful of camps in North Carolina playing the game to excess.

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