Player Unknown Battleground (PUBG) is trending in the world of gaming; right since its inception. However, the game that people are going mad over, has resulted in a 19-year-old married woman in Ahmedabad seeking divorce from her husband. What’s surprising is that unlike reasons like domestic violence or incompatibility the woman wants divorce because her husband stopped her from playing PUBG. The couple also have a one year old baby.
The case came into light when the woman contacted 181 Abhayam woman helpline to ask for help to get a divorce. However, the woman didn’t mention this in the first instance. She just asked for a separate place for herself and cited a different reason for the same. She told the woman helpline that things aren’t working with her husband and hence she wants to live at some place away from her husband and parents so that she can play with her gaming partner at her leisure. According to News18, “The girl called 181 and told us that she wants to be at a women’s observation home as it is not working out with her husband nor she wanted to go to her parents’ home as they had taken away her cell phone,” says Falguni Patel, Coordinator at Abhayam.
Her husband didn’t like her obsession with the game since they have a one year old baby too. This made the woman leave her husband’s home and live with her parents. Same with her parents, they didn’t like her obsession with the phone and took it away.
Her husband didn’t like her obsession with the game since they have a one year old baby too. This made the woman leave her husband’s home and live with her parents. Same with her parents, they didn’t like her obsession with the phone and took it away. “When we told her that she won’t be allowed to use her phone or to go out from observation home since it is supposed to be for the protection of women, she dropped the idea. Later, she sought help from her friend, which she later revealed during the counselling session, her friend was none other than her PUBG gaming partner whom she came into contact while playing the game,” Falguni Patel said.
Second such case of PUBG addiction
Falguni said that this is second such case of PUBG addiction. She further said that they have advised the woman to give a second chance to her husband and their marriage. They have also given the woman a unique Abhayam ID so that when she contacts they can take proper action immediately. The counsellors from Abhayam have also advised her parents that the woman needs psychological assistance in order to get rid of her obsession.
The game is becoming a problem since it’s proving to be more of an obsession than a source of entertainment. The game is banned in Nepal, Iraq and some parts of India too.
Previous cases of PUBG addiction
The game is becoming a problem since it’s proving to be more of an obsession than a source of entertainment. The game is banned in Nepal, Iraq and some parts of India too. On April 28, one such case was reported in UAE. The woman justified her demand for divorce by saying that she was being deprived of her right to choose her means of entertainment as she derived of the pleasure of playing the game.
Gaming addiction- A mental health disorder
The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is the basis for identification of health trends and statistics globally, as maintained by WHO. According to WHO, studies suggest that gaming disorder affects only a small proportion of people who engage in digital-or-video-gaming activities. However, people who partake in gaming should be alert to the amount of time they spend on gaming activities, particularly when it is to the exclusion of other daily activities, as well as to any changes in their physical or psychological health and social functioning that could be attributed to their pattern of gaming behaviour.