Popular video game Fortnite blamed for a recent spike in divorces

omg 19/09/2018

Fortnite is without a doubt one of the most popular video games in the world. While its effect on children has been well noted, Divorce Online now reports the game is responsible for more than 200 divorces in the past year.

"These numbers equate to roughly five 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," their report reads.

While Fortnite is damaging adults and parents, it's also having a devastating effect on children. Its popularity is so great the UK government has issued a warning, and that's prompted others to consider the dangers.

"Fortnite is really addictive because it's a free-to-play game and it doesn't make any difference if you play it for one hour or 100 hours, you're always going to get the same experience," says video games journalist James Jarvis.

It's not just playing the game that's addictive. Fortnite fans are also obsessed with watching people play.

"So many parents think, 'Well at least they've got something they're passionate about,' but it can be like a drug, and it excludes them from being social and those types of things," says parenting expert Ian Grant.

Despite the issues with the video game, it doesn't seem like it's going away anytime soon!

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