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Is Fortnite Addiction Really a Thing?

By Carlo Carrubba

Fortnite Battle Royale…

Has taken the world by storm. Millions are playing it right now. You have probably played it before. Fortnite is a widely known third person shooter game. This game has been carefully programmed by the best neuroscientists around to inevitably appeal to young brains. Fortnite Battle Royale came out on September 26, 2017. This game has since conquered the hearts of every gamer across the globe…

With neuroscience.

As of now, 125 million people have signed up to epic games to play Fortnite and 40 million play per month.

A rush of chemicals come to your brain as a greeting when you play. Amongst these, Dopamine, which can also be consumed in the form of a drug. Just saying. This dopamine forces the brain to crave more Fortnite Gameplay. There are also some other major triggers that release endorphins, like a Victory Royale. A Victory triggers happiness and a feeling that you must keep going because the Victory Royale’s will keep coming. Also, research shows that gamers who play Fortnite, and lose look at it as “I nearly won” not “I lost”.

A number of psychologists around the world, such as Brad Marshall (a child psychologist at the Internet Addiction Clinic) have said that 60-70% patients they see for internet addiction report having Fortnite as their main video game of use. Quoting Emily Gifford: “Obsessive behavioral patterns regarding video games have long been a problem”. So this shows that a behavioral pattern regarding playing video games, and obsession has been identified. Fortnite has more people playing than ever before, so this “pattern” is affecting many around the world.

Many parents whose children play Fortnite say it could help social skills. This is a myth. Killing people is not an essential social skill. This video game should not be used as a tool, but as a toy. This video game should be used not as a job, but as a pastime.

Don’t get me wrong, I play Fortnite too, so I am not completely against playing a couple Fortnite matches every once in a while. But I don’t get any screen time whatsoever during the week and don’t play video games after dinner. Those are some of the basic measures I take to game because I enjoy it, not because I am addicted.

I am also not trying to say that when you turn on the game you have just destroyed your life! All I am saying is something your mom has probably said to you a thousand times, moderation, moderation, moderation.

Peace out

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