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Fortnite and other addictive video games can affect children’s brains in the same way as alcoholism or drug abuse, scientists have found.
The researchers have discovered that the ‘reward’ system of young heavy players have the same changes in structure and function as those hooked on substances.
Children - Risk - Brains - Research - California
Children are at a higher risk because their brains are flexible, the research by California State University showed.
Their series of studies revealed that the amygdala-striatal system – the impulsive section of the brain – was smaller and more sensitive in addicted players users, in order to process the stimuli of games faster.
Findings - Daily - Telegraph - Schools - Parents
The findings, reported in the Daily Telegraph, come after primary schools warned parents on Monday that their children’s education is being damaged by Fortnite.
Ministers may even be forced to take urgent steps to prevent young pupils flouting age restrictions on the controversial game.
Teachers - Pupils - Fortnite - Age - Limit
Teachers say pupils younger than Fortnite’s supposed 12 age limit are becoming obsessed with the game, affecting their concentration in school.
Meanwhile, parents are reporting how Fortnite turns normally placid children into thugs obsessed with guns and killing.
School - Pupil - Game - World
One nine-year-old primary school pupil was reported to have become so immersed in the game’s online world that she would wet herself,...
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