Prince Harry has called for the popular video game Fortnight to be banned in the United Kingdom due to its addictive nature.
The Duke of Sussex made the remarks yesterday during a visit to the YMCA in west London. Regarding the game beloved by teenagers, the royal remarked, “That game shouldn’t be allowed. Where is the benefit of having it in your household?
“It’s created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible.
It’s like waiting for the damage to be done and kids turning up on your doorsteps and families being broken down.
“It’s created to addict – an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible.”
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Today The Duke of Sussex met with families, children and young adults at @Ymcaenglandandwales in South Ealing as a continuation of his dedicated work in the mental health space. “There continues to be huge progress in smashing the stigma that surrounds mental health, but let’s keep normalising the conversation. Let’s keep reminding each other that it’s okay to not be okay, and to listen to each other. After all, how we think determines how we act, how we feel, and how we treat ourselves and those around us.” -The Duke of Sussex. It takes courage, strength and honesty, but talking through your mental health issues often becomes the key to dealing with them. Just like physical exercise, which we all know is good for us; we have to care for our minds as much as we do for our bodies. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. It is a part of all of us. Have an unashamed conversation on how you feel, be empowered to share your story and you will see you are not alone. For more information visit @heads_together. Photo credit: Royal Communications / PA
He also issued a scathing review of social media calling it more addictive than “alcohol or drugs.”
“It’s more dangerous because it’s normalised and there are no restrictions to it,” he continued.
His Royal Highness visited the South Ealing YMCA to discuss mental health with young people. It was organised by Heads Together – the mental health initiative started by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in 2016.
Regarding the stigma surrounding mental health, the Prince stated, “There’s too much negativity surrounding mental health, and it must be so hard for young people to talk about it.”
He added that everyone had the ability to make a difference in ending the mental health stigma, “We are in quite a mind-altering time, but quite an exciting time, because everyone in this room has the opportunity to make a real difference.”
Fortnight was released in 2017 and developed by Epic Games. It quickly became popular with teenagers spending hours playing the survival game on their gaming devices. NBC reported that 10 million people were playing the game just a few weeks after its initial release. It now has 200 million registered players across the globe.