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Fortnite Is "Not Addictive" Says University Researcher

Andrew Reid, a doctoral researcher of serious games at Glasgow Caledonian University, has stated that mother worrying mega hit Fortnite is not addictive, it’s just that people just can’t stop playing it, which is something completely different.

Reid suggest the game gets played a lot as it has been “carefully created to deliver a truly engaging experience” and that’s why people can’t stop playing it, so it should not be labelled addictive.

“To do otherwise would be to stigmatise the medium as an evil to our society, despite a growing portfolio of video games and research that reinforce the positive characteristics of play and interactivity,” he said.

He’s got a point, lots of games are positive experiences, but by suggesting gaming addiction isn’t a thing as it “could stigmatise regular consumers of video games,” is rather odd. Alcohol addiction troubles many but you don’t get breweries asking for it to be labelled ‘Unstoppabble Beer Syndrome’ just to make those without problems feel better.

“We must be careful when using this term. Addiction is a psychological disorder that pertains to habitual and excessive activity,” said Andrew, “Video-game addiction has suggestively been defined as the excessive consumption of games that conflict with everyday living.”

The World Health Organisation recently classified “Gaming disorder” as a recognised disease, “characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”#

“Studies suggest that gaming disorder affects only a small proportion of people who engage in digital- or video-gaming activities,” states the WHO. “However, people who partake in gaming should be alert to the amount of time they spend on gaming activities, particularly when it is to the exclusion of other daily activities, as well as to any changes in their physical or psychological health and social functioning that could be attributed to their pattern of gaming behaviour.”

Source: Scottish Herald

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2 Comments
  1. lambchop
    Member
    Since: Aug 2013

    But is it Addicting?

    Comment posted on 03/04/2018 at 16:16.
    • Stefan L
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      No, because that’s not a real word, and if it is, then the dictionary people are wrong.

      Comment posted on 03/04/2018 at 23:47.
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