On behalf of the firm
There are myriad reasons why couples seek divorce, many of which will likely always be factors, and many of which are constantly changing. One of the many new factors that is starting to play a role in divorces is video game addiction.
An addiction is defined as a behavior that repeats itself despite adverse effects to an individual and those around him/her. In many cases, video gaming can fit that description, especially as the video game market continues to grow explosively year over year.
While video games have been around and have been popular since the 1980s, the advent of digital distribution thanks to the internet and the technological boom of the 90s have caused the market to grow at an extremely rapid rate. Mobile games in particular (such as the unprecedentedly popular Angry Birds) have taken the market by storm, and have been downloaded well over a billion times.
While market growth due to increased opportunity and decreased cost is nothing new, video games have come under a lot of fire recently for expected involvement in violent events, and now marital problems as well.
The truth of the matter is never entirely black and white, but video games can be a cause of stress between couples just the same as anything else. The important thing is to make sure that everything is done in moderation. If you are in a relationship, and are feeling that video games are becoming a barrier between the two of you, speak to your partner and express your concerns calmly. Try to avoid being accusatory, but simply express that you want to spend more time with your partner doing things that you both enjoy.
If you are at your wits’ end fighting against a video game addiction, however, do not be afraid to contact a mediation attorney. They will be able to help you and your spouse through whatever waters lay ahead.