Dear Granddaddy, why canâ€™t I play Fortnite for eight hours a day?
Lawrence - A middle school student.
Lawrence, is Fortnite your job? Do you get paid to play Fortnite? The reason Iâ€™m asking you is that usually when one does something for eight hours a day, itâ€™s because itâ€™s their job and they are getting paid to do it.
If youâ€™re not getting paid for it, then I donâ€™t know how you would even fit eight hours of Fortnite into your daily schedule. When would you sleep?
And please donâ€™t tell me that youâ€™d sleep in school. School doesnâ€™t last long.
And when itâ€™s over, itâ€™s over. Your chance to prepare yourself for life vanishes awfully fast, especially when youâ€™re sleeping in class.
Lawrence, I imagine your mom told you that you canâ€™t play Fortnite eight hours a day. And Iâ€™m guessing that you donâ€™t agree with her, and wish you could. So, let me ask this of you, Lawrence. What do you get out of playing so much Fortnite? Do you have a goal? Is it going to somehow make your life better, or is it just for the entertainment and enjoyment?
And if it is just for fun and pleasure, well then, remember this next time youâ€™re trying to pull a Fortnite marathon: you really can eat too much candy.
Regardless of how good candy tastes, it can still make you gain weight, make you sick, and rot the teeth out of your mouth. So what may be rotting from too much Fortnite?
And consider this, Lawrence: do you like it when others control you and tell you what to do?
Did you know that addictions control people and tell them what to do?
Did you know that Fortnite has engineered addiction into their games? Did you know that Fortnite is controlling you and telling you what to do?
Hmmâ€¦ Iâ€™m guessing that someday youâ€™ll want to be your own man, Lawrence. You probably want to grow up to be someone important, too, huh? Well, I donâ€™t see Fortnite marathons helping you become that type of person. Do you?
Dan Blanchard is a bestselling and an award-winning author, speaker, and educator.