Kids’ Obsession with Fortnite is Not an Addiction

The word “Fortnite” has rapidly inserted itself into almost every parent’s vocabulary in recent years, whether or not your son plays the game himself.  When kids are spending so much time on one thing, especially a video game, it is normal for parents to worry, and it is common for video games to become the centerpiece of all power struggles in the home. Video Game Addiction is a phrase that is also becoming increasingly common, and it is normal to worry whether or not your son’s hobby is turning into something less healthy. In this article, Nir Eyal, author of the bestselling books Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, and more recently Indistractible: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life, offers a measured examination of video game playing in kids and young adults, suggesting that their choice of that past-time over others is a sign of something else, and most often is not easily explained as an “addiction”.

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