Prince Harry recently called for a ban on Fortnite and other games while at a YMCA in West London, saying the games are addictive, according to The Daily Express and reported by Variety.
The Duke of Sussex was speaking about addictive games and social media to mental health experts, and said that social media is more addictive than drugs or alcohol.
When talking specifically about the battle royale, Fornite, he said, “The game shouldn’t be allowed.”
“It’s created to addict,” Prince Harry said. “An addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible.”
He told parents to take action themselves by making their children interact with the outside world more.
“Parents have got their hands up – they don’t know what to do about it. It’s like waiting for the damage to be done,” he said.
In terms of social media, Prince Harry said, “It’s more dangerous because it’s normalized and there are no restrictions to it. We are in a mind-altering time.”
“Without that human connection, when you do have a problem you have nowhere to go,” he continued. “The only place you might go is online and you will probably end up getting bullied.”
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