Fortnite gambling addiction cited as cause for divorce

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Fortnite is an exciting game, but players should be careful not to overlook their real relationships.

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Passionate Fortnite fans love the blockbuster video game so much that their personal relationships could suffer.

The Battle Royale game is one of the online games cited in over 200 UK divorce petitions, according to a Online Divorce Report, a UK site that provides information and services for people going through a divorce.

Divorce Online found that addictions to online activities like gambling, pornography and social media were one of the reasons people in the UK filed for divorce in 2018.

“These numbers correspond to around 5% of the 4,665 applications we have dealt with since the start of the year and as one of the largest divorce petitioners in the UK this is a pretty good indicator “, Online divorce wrote in his report.

The fact that the report does not include players in the United States and other countries means that the number of people suffering from relationship issues related to Fortnite could be even greater.

Epic Games, the company that created Fortnite, did not respond to a request for comment.

Fortnite even influenced another potential convenience store: porn. Pornhub, a site that averages 90 million users per day, released its site user behavior research statistics, which included an increase in Fortnite in its user searches.

“The spikes in search volume seem to coincide with major game updates (Fortnite) and news cycles such as patch 1.36 in January and when 60 FPS was activated in February,” according to a report from Pornhub in March.

It’s not too hard to imagine Fortnite causing conflict in romantic relationships. In June, the World Health Organization listed gambling addiction generally as potentially dangerous technological behavior.

In addition to possible relationship disorders, gambling addiction can lead to insufficient physical activity, unhealthy eating, sight or hearing problems, musculoskeletal problems, lack of sleep, aggressive behavior and depression, According to the WHO.

Fortnite can be played on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and mobile devices. But if you want your spouse to be happy, perhaps avoid gambling in your marriage counselor’s waiting room.

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