Parents have always looked at videogames with skepticism, fearing their children might get hooked on playing them. As streaming platforms gained rise, games became even more popular, also raising safety concerns. Bad things can really happen, proven by a nine-year-old girl from UK who ended up in rehab for her Fortnite addiction.
How addictive can videogames be?
All videogames can to become addictive, but this is more common among battle royale games. This mode keeps players hooked, as they need to constantly stay alert to survive. Fortnite is one such game, and its popularity is on the rise. Everyone seems to be playing it, so it’s no wonder younger players are so attracted to it.
However, there’s a big difference between being a fan of the game and being addicted to it. A nine-year-old girl from UK definitely crossed the line of fandom, as she had to go to rehab to treat her Fortnite addiction. The girl refused to go to the bathroom while playing the game, so she wet herself instead of abandoning the console.
Her parents bought her an Xbox console at the beginning of the year, thinking that nothing bad could happen. However, as the months passed, they noticed something was wrong with their daughter. One day, they received a call from her teacher to tell them the girl had fallen asleep during classes.
The girl is now at rehab to combat her Fortnite addiction
Soon afterwards, they noticed someone was making payments every month, so they decided it was time to take the console away from her. To this, she reacted with aggression, hitting her father as he took the console away. The final solution was to reduce her playing hours, but it still didn’t work out.
Her parents understood the girl was suffering from Fortnite addiction when they noticed a really disturbing event. One day, the father found the girl hooked to the game while sitting on a cushion full of urine. The girl preferred to wet herself rather than leave the game and go to the bathroom.
This way, they understood the gravity of the situation. Soon after the event, the girl admitted she had played the game at night for 10 hours, so the parents took measures. At the moment, she is following a rehab program and therapy sessions to get rid of Fortnite addiction.
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