Specifically women in the divorce study cited two popular games, “World of Warcraft” and “Call of Duty” as the biggest relationship busters. Both games, one a role-playing game that takes place in a fantasy land, the other a first-person shooter game that takes place in war zones, could be seen as a way for the player to escape into a different world.
Why do researchers believe that this digital cause of divorce is spiking? For one, more and more adults have now grown up with video games – and have made them part of their everyday lives. In addition, video games may be seen as a way to escape stressful times, such as a job loss, a poor economy, or an unfulfilling relationship. Finally, some believe that video gaming, especially with the games mentioned above, can lead to actual addiction – an addition that requires professional attention.
One woman interviewed for the study said that she finally filed for divorce when her husband was playing video games up to eight hours a day.