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There is one observable measure that proves Fortnite has impacted some marriages: In the U.K., over 200 divorce proceedings in 2018 have cited Fortnite and other online games in their complaints and reason for splitting, according to data from divorce-online.co.uk (via The A.V. Club)
“Addiction to drugs, alcohol and gambling have often been cited as reasons for relationship breakdowns, but the dawn of the digital revolution has introduced new addictions,” a spokesperson said. “These now include online pornography, online gaming, and social media, so it is no surprise to us that more and more people are having relationship problems because of our digital addictions.”
Two hundred divorces amounts to “roughly 5% of the 4,665 petitions we have handled since the beginning of the year,” but keep in mind that this data is just for the U.K. Let’s do the math imagining this same trend would apply to divorces in the US. In 2016, there were 827,261 divorces in the country (a figure that doesn’t include data from a handful of states), and five percent of that would be 41,000. It looks like marriage might be the true battle royale.
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