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Is Fortnite addicting?

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The Bolt Live recently distributed a survey to 75 students at Charter Oak High in regards to the new popular video game, Fortnite, which was released in July 2017. The game is designed as a cooperative survival shooting game and allows players to build structures out of materials they scavenge from the game world. Its most popular format is the Battle Royale mode, which pits 100 players against each other to see who is the last person standing.

The survey consisted of four questions:

  1. Do you play Fortnite? (if no, don’t worry about the rest of the questions)
  2. How many hours per week do you play Fortnite?
  3. What do you play it on? (PS4, XBOX, PC, Mobile)
  4. Do you feel like you are addicted to playing Fortinite?

After collecting the data, 55% of these students reported that they play Fortnite, while 45% didn’t. On average, a student will play 14.5 hours a week, or roughly 2 hours a day. 56% of the students played on PS4, 18% on XBOX, 1% on PC, and 16 % on a mobile device. When asked if they were addicted, 36% of the students who play felt that they were, while 64% of them claimed not to be.

Andrew Reid, a doctoral researcher of serious games at Glasgow Caledonian University, said that some people claimed that the game was difficult to stop playing. Reid claims that the game is popular because it was “carefully created to deliver a truly engaging experience.” In terms of what contributes to the “video game addiction,” Reid claimed it had been “suggestively been defined as the excessive consumption of games that conflict with everyday living.”

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Is Fortnite addicting?