Fortnite Fever: Finding balance between life and video game phenomenon


The phenomenon is real. Epic Games first released Fortnite in 2017.

It hasn’t taken long for millions to get caught up in the craze of this truly multi-platform, free-to-play game.

The format is a fight-to-the-finish brawl in which a hundred people descend over a map, choose where to land, and then proceed to battle.

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We asked Ohio State University psychologist Mary Fristad what parents need to know about the Fortnite phenomenon -- whether it's replacing old-school socialization.

“When you’re playing on a team kind of ‘us versus them particularly if the ‘thems’ are zombies, then it’s okay,” Dr. Fristad said.

She believes in an all things in moderation approach. To that end, the psychologist suggested parents ensure their kids are also active in ‘real life’ activities including extracurricular activities at school, youth groups at church or synagogue, and that family interaction is quality time.

“Family dinners where nobody has their phone at the table. Nobody—not mom or dad—no matter how important their business is,” Dr. Fristad stressed.