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Step away from the ‘Fortnite.’
It’s time to listen up when mom says get off Fortnite; if you’re not careful, you could end up in rehab.
You read that right.
Parents are now turning to professionals to get their kids away from the computer and back to real life.
Not only is the game giving parents headaches, but it is also affecting kids’ sleep, grades, and their non-gaming lives, Lorrine Marer, a behavioral specialist, told Bloomberg.
And the addiction part rings true. Many say that they can’t get enough of the game.
fortnite is a serious addiction
— will (@_Sowdy) December 8, 2018
I HATE having an addiction. All I can think about is playing fortnite and unlocking the rainbow Lynx, but I’m not home and I can’t play fortnite and it’s making me SO AGGRAVATED and jittery like I love that for me
— ❄️You A Ho Ho HOE❄️ (@Aairieal) December 8, 2018
— sillygoose20 (@sonofsilly) June 23, 2018
One reason for the draw is that the game is free to play—which explains its 200 million users. That being said, the site has made billions thanks to those buying in-game currency and add-ons. A survey from Common Sense Media has found that over 61 percent of teens have played Fortnite. And 21 percent of parents whose kids have played are concerned about the hours spent.
So parents are turning to tech-free camps to send their kids. Today highlighted one called “Reset Summer Camp.” The four-week sessions focus on getting kids out playing and away from their tech.
The camp does group sessions where they talk about healthy ways to use technology and how to self-moderate.
Some think the camp is a great idea; others think Fortnite frenzy could be handled another way.
My 16 yo, Fortnite player, read the article on the parents sending kids to camp to deal with Fortnite addiction and came to me and said: Mom, that's crazy, that just sounds like bad parenting.
— AlinaAR (@AcostaRomay) December 7, 2018
The fortnite bashing continues, no one can blame the game for so called addiction to it. It’s the person playing or the parents of the obsessed. Self-control is paramount in any walk of life and if someone can’t have it over a game, that’s pretty sad.
— Shaun (@shaun_camp) June 17, 2018
The game isn’t only affecting children. Adults are also prone to find themselves attached.
So maybe put down the controller this holiday season and spend some time with friends and family, or this summer you might be in group therapy.
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Elizabeth VanMetre is a reporter based in Wyoming. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared on ETOnline, the New York Daily News, Yahoo Travel, and more. She hosts a local morning show in Wyoming.