Summary of “Parenting the Fortnite Addict”

Though adults may worry that shooting games cultivate aggression, C. Shawn Green, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who researches video games, notes that, “There’s really no evidence that playing a violent video game would take someone who has absolutely no violent tendencies and suddenly make them violent.”
Research does confirm that action video games cultivate the spatial skills needed in advanced mathematics and engineering.
Fortnite incorporates much of what game designers know about how to ensure a captive audience.
The heavily social aspect of Fortnite serves to make the game even more compelling.
Enthusiasts may devote hours to watching streaming videos of highly skilled gamers, studying highlight reels posted on YouTube and tracking the game’s strong social media presence and following among celebrities like Drake.
Parents might reduce some friction at home by talking with their family gamer about how best to keep Fortnite in check.
At a certain point, Dr. Pines alerts Noah that he’s on his last game, knowing that a single game can take less than a minute for a gamer ambushed by an adversary who quickly finds a rifle, or not more than 20 minutes for the competitor who wins.
Adults who are catching up to Fortnite shouldn’t hesitate to ask young people about the game.

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