The number of US players may have dropped now that the lockdown is over, but there are still plenty of players out there. A couple’s love of gaming went viral after an unfortunate misunderstanding with a “toxic” mother-in-law.
User u/True_Tap_5721 posted on Reddit’s AITA (Am I the A******?) forums on Aug. 22 how his favorite hobby has led to cheating allegations and a secret baby daddy.
The 27-year-old woman described her and her husband as “major gambling addicts” and said their hobby is a “sore point” for their families who don’t like video games. As a result, they have taken to lying about their whereabouts so they can play in peace.
She wrote: “We’ve been arguing that our hobbies are ‘unacceptable’ and ‘childish’ and that we need to change. Sundays are known to all as ‘unavailable’ days [a] Date or something, but the reality is we’re at home, covering our weekly quota of games.”
According to a Morning Consult survey, US adults ages 18 to 34 are the biggest gamers, with 25 percent of this group gaming three to six hours a week and nine percent spending more than 24 hours a week gaming. The second most avid gamers were in the 35-44 age group, with 18 percent playing three to six hours and six percent playing more than 24 hours.
A study by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) examined the benefits of gaming in 2022. In a survey of 4,000 Americans, about two-thirds of video game players — 52 percent of men and 48 percent of women — identified themselves as gamers.
ESA also found that nine out of ten gamers spend the same amount of time playing games as they did at the height of the pandemic. Gamers or not, 97 percent of participants believed that playing video games brought benefits such as: B. Improving creative, cognitive and communication skills.
However, a previous study by the University of Michigan’s CS Mott Children’s Hospital found that 86 percent of parents surveyed felt their teens were spending too much time playing video games. The national survey found that 78 percent of parents view it as typical teenage behavior and believe their children play “as much or less” than others their age.
Although 71 percent felt video games had a “positive impact” on their teen, they also had concerns that games could interfere with other activities, such as homework, family and extracurricular activities, and making friends.
“It’s none of their business”
Ever since she found out she’s pregnant, her in-laws have been coming to visit more often than usual. As a result, the couple reduced their playing time to avoid arguments.
Last Sunday her husband went to a gaming cafe with some friends while the poster stayed at home and played alone. Her mother-in-law called her, so she answered with her usual answer.
“MIL later decided to call me in the middle of a game and I suppose I acted very suspiciously because I wanted to end the call as soon as possible,” she said.
“She asked what I was doing and I automatically answered without even thinking that I was dating my husband. According to my husband, she called him later and he said he was at a bar with friends.”
Her mother-in-law came to the poster’s house, and when she was in the middle of another game, she ignored the woman until it was over.
She wrote: “After that, I opened the door and pretended to be asleep, so I didn’t answer the phone or answer the door.
“MIL exploded at me calling me a cheater and that the child I was pregnant with wasn’t her son (otherwise why wouldn’t I answer the door?
“I was so hilarious at the idea that I was cheating, and that it was even possible to cheat on my partner, that I burst out laughing, which angered MIL even more.”
The mother-in-law continued to verbally abuse her until her son came home. She told him the Redditor was cheating on him, making her husband “visibly confused.”
“[He] confirms to his mother that there is no way for me to cheat on him. He explained that we’re together practically every moment of the day, and when MIL saw that he wasn’t coming over to her side, he got mad at me for seducing her. She called me an asshole for pretending I was having an affair and never correcting her before telling other people,” she wrote.
Reddit users endorsed the poster, with their story receiving over 15,000 upvotes and more than 1,000 comments.
“Stop letting that damn woman through your front door,” said notforcommentin2.
“You’ve all grown up,” Merisiel wrote. “You can play as many video games as you want. You don’t have to cower and hide your hobbies like a teenager.”
“Your MIL sounds poisonous,” commented Stolen Pirates. “You both have to tell your parents it’s none of their business and keep their opinions on your game to yourself.”
While justlookbelow said, “Lies and keeping secrets can be useful, at least in the short term, when dealing with difficult people. But with people you see a lot, if they can’t handle it, it’s better to just let it all out and see them less.”
Newsweek has contacted u/True_Tap_5721 for comment. We have not been able to verify the details of the case.
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