The video game and mobile app Fortnite have taken the world by storm. Most popular is the online mode Battle Royale, where it is necessary to survive as long as possible among 100 opponents and finally remain as the lone winner. Fortnite is recommended from the age of 12, and the majority of users are just children, a young target group that can be compared to when Minecraft or Pokémon Go was released a few million times.
New statistics show that the game has more active users per month than Grand Theft Auto V with its 100 million copies sold. Now you can also play Fortnite on your smartphone, which making it easier for kids to stay connected round the clock because many people find it difficult to stop playing once they have started.
Provides Adrenaline Kicks
Apart from the social aspect that players can interact with each other online, Fortnite attracts users with a small element of luck similar to that of card games. What if things go better next time? The longer you play, the better you become, and thus, the likelihood of taking a top position also increases. Then it doesn't matter that you lost — you actually almost won. "You get an adrenaline rush and want to play again," — that's what 14-years old players say.
Psychologists think that parents should partly treat gambling as any other interest of their children — to come up with curious questions and talk about their social life online — but at the same time, it is important to find a good balance.
For some kids, rules about playing time work well. For others, it is more important in what order you do things when the gambling is hard to let go once it is in progress. Create predictability so that the children know what matters and make sure they have the opportunity to finish their ongoing matches or missions in the games as soon as possible. Ideally, such rules should be formulated together with the children.
Hard to Stop Playing Fortnite
However, gambling can still be overridden, despite rules of playing time.
If you are worried that your child is doing too little of something else and only plays, you should primarily focus on encouraging them and telling them what you want to see more of, rather than focusing on playing time and order for it to be reduced. Since Fortnite was released as a mobile app in March 2018, the debate around the game has escalated. Many schools are warning children who refuse to quit playing, and there are plenty of parents. At the same time, there are claims that it cannot be considered addictive.
It is the researcher at Glasgow Caledonian University who thinks that the term "addiction" is used too lightly in gaming contexts and that it risks stigmatizing the consumers. Instead, one should look at why some games are so popular, without calling them addictive. However, he admits that more research is needed in this area. But sometimes the gambling reaches purely unhealthy levels. Here are some clear warning signs to look out for.
Signs that your child is playing too much:
- They have problems with sleep, diet, and hygiene.
- They get annoyed and restless when not playing.
- A lack of flexibility and impossibility to adapt gambling to other important parts of life, such as study and work.
- Children lose interest in all or most of their hobbies.
- Your child use games as the only way to deal with real-life issues and is used to escape from worries and unwanted emotions
Do you have more thoughts about your child's playing? Read more about computer game addiction on the Internet and be aware of how to prevent any dramatical consequences.