Fortnite is definitely the biggest video game craze among children right now, but there are many parents that refuse to let their kids even try this game. There is a good reason for that! Games can be highly addictive, especially if the child has been diagnosed with ADHD or similar.
The reason for this is because the games can cause children with ADHD to hyperfocus. Even though they might be easily distracted in the real world, they are able to focus intently on video games. The games can make the kids feel emotionally safe since no one is there to judge them if something went wrong.
Boy’s Life Severely Affected
That seems to be the case for Britta Hodge, whose 14-year-old son has an intense addiction to Fortnite. His addiction is so severe that he has missed school for the past two years and only leaves his house once a week. She has tried to cut the cord, so to speak – but her son becomes so aggressive that he has literally headbutted his mother, leaving her with a concussion.
“It’s not as simple as taking the cord away and going, ‘Oh well, bad luck, you haven’t got the internet,” Hodge said in an interview on 60 Minutes. “Because the repercussions from that – angry, aggressive – we’ve had to call the police. I have been headbutted, I’ve had concussions.”
Fortnite Addiction: a Chronic Case
She said that her son used to be very sociable and healthy before he discovered the game two years ago. Now he says that the game is the only thing that gives him happiness in his life. As a result, Hodge has had to leave her job so that she’d be able to take care of her son at home.
“We can’t get him to school, he doesn’t leave the house. He comes out and eats and goes back to his room. We’ve tried everything. We’ve tried doctors,“ Hodge continues, “My concern is that he’s in year eight now and he hasn’t had any formal education for two years. So what’s going to happen later on in life for him?”
One might wonder why she doesn’t just try forcing her son to stop the game, or to go to school, but she had this to say, “An addiction is an addiction. It doesn’t matter if it’s drugs, sex or online gaming. It’s chronic. We’ve been to doctors who have said ‘I don’t think we’ve seen such a chronic case.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) finally classified gaming addiction as a mental health condition this past January.