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Prince Harry, who is welcoming his first child with wife Meghan Markle (aka the Duchess of Sussex) in the next few weeks, has expressed a controversial opinion over “Fortnite,” the post-apocalyptic survival game loved by teenagers around the world.
The prominent member of the British royal family reportedly thinks the game should be “banned.”
During a visit to a YMCA event in West London, the Duke of Sussex told mental health experts that the game is more addictive than drugs or alcohol, according to the BBC.
“That game shouldn’t be allowed. Where is the benefit of having it in your household?” Prince Harry said, according to the BBC.
“It’s created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible,” Prince Harry said.
He said that the game can damage kids and break down families, the BBC reports.
So, is he wrong?
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Million-dollar question: How young is too young to play?
There’s no doubt that the game is addictive.
“Fortnite,” which is played by more than 200 million people globally, is costing kids sleep, decent grades and a normal life. Addiction to the game has become so extreme that Bloomberg recently reported that parents are making their kids go into rehab.
Not only are kids compulsively playing the game in living rooms and bedrooms, but some are playing in classrooms, too.
Still, there are ways to loosen the game’s grip on vulnerable youth.
Drafting a written contract, setting aside screen-free times and leading by example seem to help.
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