Does “forced abstinence” from gaming lead to pornography use? Insight from the April 2018 crash of Fortnite’s servers: Insight from the April 2018 crash of Fortnite’s servers

Jesús Castro-Calvo, Rafael Ballester-Arnal, Marc N. Potenza, Daniel L. King, Joël Billieux

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Abstract

In April 2018, the servers of the popular video game “Fortnite” crashed for 24 hr. During this period, Pornhub (a popular pornographic website) analyzed trends in pornography access, finding that: (a) the percentage of gamers accessing Pornhub increased by 10% and (b) the searches of pornographic videos using the key term “Fortnite” increased by 60%. In this letter, we discuss these observations in the context of ongoing debate regarding the validity of “withdrawal” when applied to problematic involvement in video gaming and the potential use of pornography as a “compensation behavior” during the periods of “forced abstinence” from gaming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-502
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Behavioral Addictions
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Compensation behaviors
  • Fortnite
  • Gaming
  • Pornography
  • Withdrawal

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