Nine-Year-Old Fortnite Player Enters Rehab for Gaming Addiction
Nine-Year-Old Fortnite Player Enters Rehab for Gaming Addiction
Addiction to popular game Fortnite lands a nine-year-old girl in rehab
14 June, 2018, 05:10
The popular online game was downloaded by 150 million people internationally this year, the Washington Post reported. Once their 9-year-old daughter downloaded Fortnite, however, her grades in school began to suffer.
The girl's parents bought her the Xbox in January and she downloaded Fornite - endorsed by numerous celebrities - soon after.
"My husband saw her light on in the night and found her sitting on a urine-soaked cushion playing the game".
One headteacher, Jemma Garside, who runs a primary school in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, sent an email to parents where she wrote: "Unfortunately discussions around this game are being brought. into the classroom which is distracting children from their learning". "She had fallen asleep twice in lessons and her grades were slipping", said mother Carol.
The girl, who is now in intensive therapy to combat her addiction, would play for up to 10 hours a day.
'This is a serious issue which is destroying our little girl's life and someone needs to step in to ban it before it becomes an epidemic'.
According to MailOnline, parents have told of how children of a placid demeanour have become more aggressive, developing an obsession with guns and killing, after playing the game. The parents also said they discovered charges amounting to $67 a month to Microsoft on the family's credit card statement. The girl was so addicted to Fortnite that she would sometimes wet herself instead of leaving the game, even momentarily, to use the bathroom, and attacked her father when he attempted to confiscate her Xbox.
Although the game is free to play, developers have raked in cash from in-game purchases as players try to boost their performance. In the United Kingdom, a 9-year-old's passion for Fortnite made her punch her father and wet the couch.
As for the girl, she's getting her life back on track since she entered rehab.
"Over the last two months I've been contacted by dozens of parents with children as young as eight showing signs of addiction to Fortnite", counselor Steve Pope told the Mirror UK.
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