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Pewdiepie’s net worth is currently estimated to be: $30,000,000.

Back in the day, Pewdiepie was simply known as ‘that Swedish guy who screams at horror games’. Fast forward to 2019 and who would have guessed a random YouTuber playing Amnesia in their room would turn into one of the most widely recognized sensations on the internet.

With almost 100,000,000 YouTube subscribers, Pewdiepie has no doubt seen his fair share of controversies. However, type ‘Pewdiepie’ into Google and the first term that comes up is related to his net worth.

Why are people so obsessed with how much money it is? Unfortunately, we haven’t got an answer for you here. What we can tell you is how he makes his money, and a bit about his rise to fame from hot dog salesman to internet stardom.

Who Is Pewdiepie?

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Pewdiepie, real name Felix Kjellberg, was born on 24th October 1989, in Gothenburg, Sweden. He had always been a keen gamer and had a deep interest in art from an early age.

After graduating high school he went on to study industrial economics. But, not long after starting, Felix felt that he didn’t belong there and made the decision to drop out. He wanted to focus on what made him happy and at the time that meant recording himself playing video games and uploading his videos to YouTube.

He managed to get by initially by selling art he’d created on Photoshop and even worked at a hot dog stand to make some extra money. Despite that, he has said in the past that the start was definitely a difficult time for him. However, I doubt he has any regrets about sticking with it through to the end!

Unbelievably, just over a year after dropping out he gained his first million subscribers in July 2012. Something that seems almost impossible in today’s world.

His popularity increased rapidly from that point onwards, becoming the most talked-about internet personality around the world. You couldn’t mention YouTube in school without hearing the name Pewdiepie, and it seemed like everyone you spoke to was subscribed to him at some point.

How He Makes His Money

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It’s probably not that surprising that bringing in YouTube views can bring in a hefty income alone.

Since starting his channel Felix has amassed more than 22 billion views across his entire channel and pulls in over 420 million views each month.

These views alone are responsible for the majority of his income, pulling in an estimated monthly earnings of $500,000 per month or $6,000,000 per year. That’s definitely not chump change by any means.

However, on top of his crazy viewership numbers, there’s no doubt he also receives money for sponsorships. Pewdiepie doesn’t have a reputation for selling out in every video, but he does do paid promotion at times. It’s impossible to know how much you’d have to pay him to promote a product, but I’d wager it’s a small fortune.

Pewdiepie’s Net worth

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It’s fair to say $30,000,000 is a fair estimate of Pewdiepie’s net worth, taking into account the amount of money he has earned, as well as the cost of gaining YouTube numbers of this magnitude.

Are his earnings more or less than you thought? Whatever the true number is, it’s a lot. Amazingly, Felix isn’t the highest-earning YouTuber. That title goes to Ryan ToysReview, a 7-year-old kid that reviews toys for parents.

Crazy, I know.

It goes to show the opportunities out there for people to make money in the modern age. We have teenagers becoming multi-millionaires overnight by playing video games and kids earning tens of millions making YouTube videos.

If you’ve ever dreamed of having more in your life; be it money, happiness, or friendships, but you’re stuck in the virtual world, you should consider getting away from video games for 90 days.

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Last week, Kyle Giersdorf AKA Bugha won a record-breaking $3 million in the Fortnite World Cup.

Imagine being 16 years old, and in the blink of an eye you’re the most talked about teenager in the world – oh and you’re also a multi-millionaire.

It wasn’t without its issues, as Kyle’s parents have stated they tried to take his games away from him because he was playing too much. Sounds like a familiar story, right?

Now, how many kids out there are going to be telling their parents that they want to become the next Fortnite world champion? How many are going to use it as an excuse to justify their excessive gaming?

Esports undoubtedly has its positives, and at Game Quitters we’re not against it at all. However, there is definitely an ugly side to the sport.

No idea what eSports are? Check out Beginner’s Guide to Esports.

Fortnite World Cup Recap:

The Good

As the global eSports market breaks through the $1 billion revenue mark, it’s clear that there’s a huge amount of support for the industry. Up by 27% from last year, there’s no doubt that it’s a market on the rise.

With this increase in popularity comes a range of benefits for gamers all around the world:

  • Gaming is a viable career option. Whether you want to become a competitive player, a commentator, a coach, or even work behind the scenes on marketing or lighting. There are loads of opportunities for you out there.
  • Traditional sports have always been an option for people who want to go to college, and now gamers can join in too. Esports scholarships are becoming widespread throughout universities all over the world.
  • More awareness will lead to more support for people pursuing this kind of lifestyle. A greater emphasis will be put on the health and wellbeing of the players, and we can eventually move away from the idea that you have to spend 16 hours a day playing video games to become the best. Regardless of the mental and physical health problems that this lifestyle might entail.

Esports is the perfect setting to spread these messages that you can do whatever you want in your life and achieve your dreams while maintaining a healthy lifestyle and most importantly – have a backup plan.

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The Bad

Without a doubt, the number one concern that has popped up since the Fortnite World Cup has been about excessive gaming.

Young people are already spending way too much time on Fortnite, and now – in their eyes – they have a reason to play even more.

Fortunately, Bugha was one of the few people able to balance gaming and school. He managed to achieve good grades while still becoming the best Fortnite player in the world.

But, for the majority of kids, something like that is impossible. It certainly was for me back in school.

We’re starting to hear stories of young people playing for over 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and choosing to neglect their real-world responsibilities.

This is where the bad side of the Fortnite World Cup comes into play.

If you’re a parent reading this and want to get help for your child’s excessive playing, check out our Parent’s Guide to Fortnite Addiction.

More children are using this $3 million prize as a justification for their excessive gaming habits. Which wouldn’t be a problem if you were guaranteed to earn millions.

However, the chance of becoming an eSports pro is much lower than any other ‘traditional’ sport. Not only that, but the average age of the players in the Fortnite World Cup was 14. This might seem shockingly low, but when you consider the age of retirement in competitive gaming is 22, it makes much more sense.

The Ugly

This is where we move away from the individual players, and instead look towards the industry.

Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite, have made over $4 billion from the game already. Therefore, it makes sense that they can offer $30 million dollars for the biggest eSports tournament of all time.

However, they also stated that they don’t do any research on the potential harms of the games. Epic are happy to promote their game to millions of people around the world and hold huge events, but they can’t spare any resources to help the minority that truly struggles with gaming.

It’s been stated time and time again that the industry should take more responsibility for the well-being of their players. It would be a drop in a bucket for these companies to invest in research and provide helpful services to those in need.

There’s a vast array of data that would be invaluable for professionals to provide better treatment for gaming addiction, but the industry remains silent.

Related: The Future of Gaming Disorder Research and Player Protection: What Role Should the Video Gaming Industry and Researchers Play?

Some countries have even stated that the classification of gaming disorder by the WHO will put a dent in their gaming profits.

When industries start putting their shareholder’s pockets above the health of their players, that’s when you know there’s a problem.

GTA Online – Is it an innocent video game or unregulated gambling?

Up until this week the answer would be gaming, 100% of the time.

However, a few days ago Rockstar released a fully-fledged casino into their already bustling world of GTA online.

This wouldn’t usually be a problem for an 18+ game except it’s pretty clear, if you spend any amount of time on the game, that it’s inhabited my children.

I don’t think I need to tell you that introducing kids to gambling is a bad idea. But if you had any doubts, a ton of research has been done on the subject.

Here’s a quick summary of some of the studies done on simulated gambling and young people:

1. Simulated gambling leads to real-life gambling
2. Simulated gambling normalizes gambling behavior
3. Simulated gambling increases your risk of problematic gaming or gambling

Hungry for more? Here are some great studies to read.

As you can see, the research speaks for itself.

However, due to outdated gambling laws this casino doesn’t technically count as gambling. Simply because you can’t earn real money.

You heard that right.

That’s the loophole of dated gambling laws gaming companies are exploiting for the purpose of skyrocketing profits.

By allowing you to purchase in-game currency with real money, but not allowing you to withdraw your earnings back into the real world, they give you a simulated gambling experience and profit off of your compulsion.

The House really does win every time.

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Welcome to our step-by-step guide on how to delete your Facebook account. Continue reading or find a table of contents to your right:

2.4 billion. That’s how many people log on to Facebook every single month.

Facebook has cemented itself as the biggest social media platform, and possibly the most popular website, that has ever existed.

They churn through 4 million gigabytes of data every day and have a comprehensive record of every user on the site.

It wouldn’t be a bad thing if they were using this data without any issues. But I’m sure you know that’s not the case.

Facebook controls what you see, what you buy, what you feel, and what you enjoy.

There’s a lot of money in data, and Facebook is doing their utmost to profit as much as possible.

It’s no wonder, then, that more and more people (including you) are wondering how to delete your Facebook account.

Fortunately, we’ve made this article as simple as possible for you to follow, including details further down on the differences between deleting and deactivating.

Before you know it you’ll be free of Zuckerberg’s shackles, and can start living a life where you’re in charge.

Let’s get started.

How to Delete Your Facebook Account

This might be the simplest guide I’ve ever written.

Facebook has made it surprisingly easy to delete your account – as you’d usually expect to be jumping through hoops to get there.

Step 1

Follow this link to get to the account deletion page. From there click on “delete account” at the bottom.

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If you want, you can download all of the information Facebook holds about you just for safekeeping. Be warned, it can be an extremely large download and might take a long time if you have slow internet.

Step 2

Simply verify your account by entering your password, and then click continue.

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I told you this was simple.

Step 3

Finally, there’s one final confirmation box where you just have to press delete account and that’s it.

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All Done!

Once you take that final step towards freedom you’ll get a popup telling you it’ll be deleted in 30 days, and that’s all there is to it.

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You can now spend the rest of the month doing something productive. Like scrolling endlessly through Instagram…

Why Should You Delete Facebook

Now, you might be reading this and thinking that you don’t have a problem with Facebook, so why should you bother deleting your account?

There are a few reasons that I want to go through that might give you a different perspective on your Facebook account.

You don’t even have to delete it, just try and stay away from it for a couple of weeks and see how things in your life change.

You might be surprised.

Reason #1: You’re Spending Too Much Time on Facebook

Even if you don’t think it’s the case, you’re probably spending more time on the platform than you realise.

A few minutes can quickly turn into an hour as you’re recommended more videos and memes to keep you hooked. All of a sudden you’ve spent your entire morning or evening on your phone.

Are you the kind of person that wakes up and immediately checks your Facebook account?

Imagine how different your morning would be if you decided to spend that time exercising, meditating or doing yoga.

How many times do you find yourself rushing to get ready for work just because you’ve been on your phone?

Think about how much more pleasant your day at work would be if you got started on the right foot.

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Reason #2: Facebook Has Total Control Over You

You might not know it but Facebook is controlling everything you’re seeing.

They control which news stories you see and which adverts you’re exposed to. They wrap you in this viewpoint of the world that is much different than it is in reality.

If you spend just a couple of hours every day scrolling Facebook, you’re much less likely to see the world in a positive light.

The world is dying, politicians are corrupt, people are evil and we’re all going to hell.

Sure, some of those might be true.

But if you’re exposing yourself to it every minute of the day it’s going to completely shift your mindset.

You’re not going to see any of the good that exists in the world – and there’s a lot of good to see.

No one wants to be a negative person. But, when you and your friends are all seeing and feeling the same things, it can’t be avoided.

You have to think about what kind of person you want to be.

Is spending hours on Facebook every day is conducive to that goal?

Reason #3: They Know More About You Than You Do

Facebook seems to have an obsession with collecting, and selling, as much data as physically possible.

They know what you like and dislike, what makes you happy and what you fear, they know where you go and what you buy, and most of all – they know how to manipulate you.

With all of this information, they can manipulate into buying what they want and thinking what they want.

You’re subconsciously being controlled by Facebook, and it’s not going to stop any time soon.

Data is a massive business all around the world, and the more time you spend on the site the more they’re going to collect.

It even has its own name, “Privacy Zuckering”. It’s just one of many dark patterns that exist on the internet designed to manipulate you into giving away your data.

Don’t know what dark patterns are? Check out our extensive article about every type of dark pattern you’ll find online.

You might not give a damn what they do with the data, but we have no idea where the industry is going to go in the future.

It could end up having some dangerous repercussions.

Reason #4: It’s Stopping You From Achieving Your Dreams

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It sounds a bit dramatic, I know, but hear me out.

Just take a minute to think about whether your current situation is how you want to be living 5 years from now.

Sure, Facebook might not be solely responsible for you being unproductive, or not achieving your goals.

But, what it is responsible for is a lack of control in your life.

You’re owned by your device.

You might think you’re different but, in reality, we’re all human.

We’re weak, and we’re easily manipulated.

Facebook is the complete opposite.

They want you to spend as much time as possible on that app, and they want you to be as unproductive as possible.

Once you realise that you’re in control, and you make that choice to take back the reigns on your life, you’ll realise that you get to control everything about your future.

Whether your goal is to become wealthy and happy and peaceful, you can do all of that.

However, you’ll never be able to accomplish anything if you’re being led by someone else.

You have to take charge, and that can only begin when you decide to take that first step.

That first step towards creating a better you and towards living the life you want.

As always, thanks for reading.

Hopefully, I’ve managed to convince at least one of you to change your perspective about Facebook. If you have committed to taking some time off, let us know by commenting on the YouTube video above.

At the very least you now know how to delete your Facebook account, so that’s something. Right?

Dark Patterns: a user interface that has been carefully crafted to trick users into doing things, such as buying insurance with their purchase or signing up for recurring bills.

You’ve probably encountered loads of types of dark patterns during your time on the internet, you just didn’t realise it.

Most likely because they’re designed to be deceptive, and quietly manipulate you into doing something you don’t want to do.

There are plenty of ways that companies do this, 12 to be exact, and none of them has your best interests at heart.

It could be as simple as signing up to an e-mail list.

Or, you could sign away personal data that gets used against you when you try to purchase insurance in the future.

It doesn’t sound fair, does it?

I’m sure you agree that design should be transparent and user-friendly.

Unfortunately, companies trying to make a quick buck off you don’t care about any of that.

Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of 12 types of dark patterns so that you’re able to recognise them online.

Types of Dark Patterns:

Bait and Switch

This is where you set out to do one thing, but a different, undesirable thing happens instead.

You might remember back in 2016 when Microsoft tried to get everyone to upgrade to Windows 10.

Eventually, through incessant pop-ups, most people began to accept it.

As time went on, Microsoft eventually resorted to a tactic that had many users up in arms.

Since the 80s, the little X in the top-right corner was used to close the window.

However, they decided to replace the X to instead mean:

“yes, I want to upgrade my computer to Windows 10”.

It sounds too ridiculous to be true, doesn’t it?

Eventually, Microsoft changed it back to normal -but not until an angry crowd of pitchfork-wielding users threw them under the bus!

Confirm shaming

Confirm shaming guilts the user into opting into something by shaming them if they decline.

The most common example of this is when sites get you to sign up to their mailing list.

For example, here’s one on a financial website offering investment reports in exchange for your email address.

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The sign-up gives you two options. “Yes! Count me In!” or “No I love being poor.”

Once you start noticing this dark pattern it turns up all over the place.

Whether you’re on Amazon, the high street, or using an ATM – you’re going to encounter this type of dark pattern everywhere.

Oh, and also, it’s probably partly to blame for you having 58,394 unread e-mails in your inbox!

Disguised Ads

This is where adverts are disguised as other kinds of content or navigation, in order to get you to click on them.

I know I’ve said it a lot, but this one really is everywhere. Noticing a (dark) pattern emerging?

It’s 2019, you’ve probably watched enough films online that you’d feel at home on Blackbeard’s ship.

How many times have you seen a big flashing button that says “DOWNLOAD IN HD”, right next to another 3 links saying the exact same thing?

One link takes you to a survey page, another to a pop-up ridden website, and the link to actually download it is probably a small line of writing so small it could fit inside a comma.

Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration but you get the idea.

Forced Continuity

You know when your free trial comes to an end and your account starts getting charged without any warning?

That’s forced continuity.

“If I had a dollar for every free trial I’ve let renew after the first month, I’d probably be bankrupt due to all of the subscriptions I forgot to cancel” – Confucius, probably

These companies not only aren’t reminding you that your trial is ending but trying to cancel it is usually extremely complicated.

This dark pattern is used commonly with disguised ads.

They promise you money off your order if you click this link and in return, you’re suddenly enrolled on a $30/m subscription to a service you’ve never heard of.

How nice of them!

Friend Spam

Some products ask for your email, or social media permissions, promising some kind of benefit.

It’ll then spam all of your contacts in a message claiming to be from you.

The dangerous part of this is that there’s no way of knowing what they’re going to send to people – it could end up being quite dangerous.

It isn’t as common with major websites anymore but is used frequently by app creators to get more downloads.

A lot of people, myself included, quickly skip through the permissions pages when downloading a game.

These permissions are abused, and the game or app will post on your social media and message friends without asking you first.

A popular example of this, which resulted in a multi-million dollar lawsuit, was LinkedIn back in 2015.

They encouraged you to give them access to your e-mail account when signing up.

This was on the premise that you could build up a strong network for your career. Something that sounds super enticing to a new user trying to build relationships.

It sounds harmless, right?

But, in actuality, those who went along with it inadvertently gave LinkedIn permission to spam every single person you’ve ever e-mailed.

Ever.

Unsurprisingly, this turned out to be illegal and ended with the company having to pay out over $13 million in claims to those affected.

Hidden Costs

You get to the last step of the checkout process, only to discover some unexpected charges have appeared.

This is a personal pet peeve of mine.

I just want to buy a music ticket, Ticketmaster, why is there an extortionate booking fee? Also, what’s the deal with a service charge for ordering things online? It just doesn’t make any sense.

Check out this example from ProFlowers, a flower retailer based in the US, demonstrating dark patterns perfectly.

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When you go to purchase some flowers, everything seems to be in order.

All you need to do is head through the checkout process and you’ll be blessed with some beautiful flowers in no time at all. Right?

Er, no.

Once you make it to the final screen – after a very lengthy process – you’re suddenly greeted by extra costs that weren’t advertised at all.

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Now you have to pay almost 50% more for delivery, as well as a care and handling fee. What in the world is a care and handling fee, anyway?

Misdirection

Misdirection, as the name suggests, is where a design purposefully focuses your attention on one thing in order to distract you from another.

Way back when I was less internet savvy, the number of extra programs I installed by blindly clicking through installations was ridiculous.

I recently tried to install BitTorrent.

Along the way, I had to expertly navigate my way through a maze of menus and checkboxes to stop any third-party programs getting installed.

They warned me that my download speeds would be painfully slow if I declined to install the Opera browser.

If you’ve ever wondered where that random extension on your browser came from, you probably clicked too fast to get something installed.

Another popular approach is to trick you into paying extra for a service, that you really don’t need to pay for.

This is incredibly popular with airlines. They set up their site in a way that makes it seem like you have to pay money to book a seat.

In actuality, if you just skip the process they’ll still give you a seat on the plane for free.

They try really hard to not make this obvious.

Price Comparison Prevention

The retailer makes it hard for you to compare the price of an item with another item, so you cannot make an informed decision.

Does a website really need this many subscriptions?

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As it turns out, free users are able to search for jobs on the website. But, if you want to apply you’re going to have to choose a subscription option.

All of a sudden it doesn’t seem like they’re as passionate about your career as they make out to be.

Also, check out this example from the popular supermarket Sainsbury’s.

They change the way that prices are displayed, whether it’s by weight or by volume. Making it incredibly hard for you to decide which option is the best value.

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Privacy Zuckering

You are tricked into publicly sharing more information about yourself than you really intended to.

Named after none other than the king of data himself, Mark Zuckerberg, this dark pattern is used in nearly every corner of the internet.

Usually disguised within the small print of the Terms and Conditions, it gives the company the right to sell your personal data to third-party companies.

It’s not just personal information such as your age or your e-mail, it couldn’t contain details of your sexual preferences, and even your mental and physical health.

This could eventually lead to you being refused insurance or loans in the future.

It’s all very legal, and very disturbing.

Since data is a $200 billion industry, I wouldn’t expect this dark pattern to phase out any time soon.

Just try to be mindful of what you’re sharing online.

Also, check out stopdatamining.me to see how ridiculously difficult it is for you to opt out of every companies data policy.

And yes, it’s next to impossible to delete your data entirely.

Roach Motel

This is where the design makes it very easy for you to get into a certain situation, but makes it hard for you to get out of it.

Common with subscriptions, it’s easy to sign up to something and then frustratingly difficult to cancel.

A few examples include:

  • Spotify having you press cancel 4 separate times just to be able to get away from them.
  • The Boston Globe making you go to their FAQ section, and then phone them up directly in order to cancel.
  • Ticketmaster signing you up to Rolling Stone Magazine, only to make you post them a cancellation within 30 days (more on this later).

It’s all just a competition to try and add in as many steps as possible since you’re less likely to go through with it if it takes you ages to cancel.

Sneak into Basket

You attempt to purchase something and, somewhere along the purchasing journey, the site sneaks an additional item into your basket.

Often through the use of an opt-out radio button or checkbox on a prior page.

I’m spoiled for choice on this one.

Our old friend Ticketmaster seems to think that everyone wants a subscription to Rolling Stone Magazine, and through the use of an opt-out checkbox on the order page, it’s more than likely a lot of people have signed up.

Oh, and if you want to cancel it, you’re going to have to print out the form, fill it in by hand and mail it with a stamp within 30 days.

Another great example is GoDaddy, the popular domain hosting service.

Search for a name you want to buy, and it flashes up saying “ONLY $0.99 for the first year”.

Let’s say you buy a few of these, and you’re expecting to pay around $17.

Now, when you go through to the checkout page it’s suddenly at $150?

OH, that’s right, you wanted 2 years instead of 1, as well as privacy protection on all domains.

But, we didn’t ask you, we just assumed. That’s cool, right?

Just a quick note, it’s now illegal to sell privacy protection in the UK and some EU countries, so if you are looking for a domain, don’t fall victim to this.

Trick Questions

You respond to a question, which, when glanced upon quickly appears to ask one thing, but if read carefully, asks another thing entirely.

Do you know those checkboxes that require a PhD in Quantum Physics to decipher due to how many double negatives they put in?

That’s a trick question.

Companies purposefully make these confusing, so that you’re more likely to sign up to whatever it is they’re offering.

Here’s a nice example from Currys, a leading electrical supplier in the UK.

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You’re most likely going to tick the first box, and out of habit will probably tick the second box.

I hope you love third-party offers!

Protect Yourself from Dark Patterns

As always, thank you for reading. I hope this article has given you some insight into how companies are manipulating you online.

Whether they’re trying to take your money, your data, or even your social media accounts – they definitely know what they’re doing.

The crazy part is that it’s all completely legal.

It’s going to be a mainstay on the internet for a long time to come, especially as so much money is involved.

The best thing you can do is keep informed and up-to-date on dark patterns, and share this article to anyone you think will benefit.

discord parents guide

Welcome to our Discord app review for parents. Continue reading or find a table of contents to your right:

If you’ve never heard of Discord before, you’re not alone.

Despite barely being 4 years old, the app already has over 250 million registered users 1 1. Wikipedia: Discord × . Most of whom are gamers.

If your child is a gamer, more than likely they’re using Discord.

But, what is it? And if it’s so popular how come I haven’t heard of it?

In this Discord app review, we’ll go over these questions, as well as many more.

We’ll also talk about how you can manage the time your child spends on the app, and make sure they stick to your guidelines.

Let’s get started.

What Is Discord?

Discord is a free-to-use voice and text communications app that can be used on almost every platform.

The vast majority of its users play video games, and Discord is starting to build up its platform to offer more rewards for gamers by partnering with gaming manufacturers.

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On Discord, users can create what’s known as a server which is only accessible through a specific invitation link.

Within this server, people are free to communicate in text or voice channels dedicated to different purposes.

For example, someone might make a server based around their favourite game.

Inside the server, there may be a general text channel, a place to specifically talk about the game, an area where users can discuss their favourite anime and even a section to post memes.

Alongside this, they’ll include a few voice channels to make it easier to communicate and share ideas.

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All of these channels can be locked to certain members of the server, depending on their rank, and moderators are able to keep an eye on the type of content that is posted.

Discord is incredibly easy-to-use, available everywhere, and offers a much-needed service to gamers around the world.

No wonder it’s so popular!

What Do Parents Need to Know?

In this section, we’ll give you a brief overview of the main elements you should be aware of in order to be able to keep your child safe on the app.

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Discord plays an important role in your child’s social life

Imagine if you were able to instantly connect, chat and share whenever you wanted with all of your friends. Now imagine you’re not just limited to friends, but can easily communicate with anyone interested in all of your hobbies. Therefore, if you’re trying to limit your child’s screen time by restricting gaming, you need to consider how they will react to their social life being taken away.

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Poor age-restriction.

Discord states that their app is only for those aged 13 and up, and if you want to view adult content you have to verify your age. However, like most of these services, a simple checkbox bypasses any block that might be in place. This leads nicely into our next point.

Discord is home to a large amount of adult-only content

Firstly, we’re not saying that your child is going to stumble upon porn as soon as they download the app. The issue is, a large number of servers include an NSFW (not safe for work) channel for people to share graphic images and videos. This isn’t something you’re going to find on the majority of popular servers such as Fortnite, PUBG, or anime. But once you delve a bit deeper into more niche topics, it’s very easy to find.

Want to keep your children safe online? Our friends at Covenant Eyes provides device accountability and monitoring.

See what games your child is playing

As long as your child hasn’t disabled it in the settings, their current activity is visible to all of their friends and servers. It might say “currently playing Fortnite” or “listening to Spotify”. As a result, if you’re friends with your child on Discord (which we’d highly recommend), you can monitor their activity much more easily.

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The app is free-to-use, but…

That little b-word always makes its way in somewhere. Users can access 99% of all Discord features for free, but there’s also an option to subscribe for $4,99/m to Discord Nitro. This enables people to share server and game-specific gifs and emojis, as well as a unique username and animated profile picture. Only a small portion of the userbase subscribes to Nitro, but as more and more games are offering exclusive features to Discord users, that may change in the future.

How Can I Make Discord Safer for My Children?

This is a question we see all the time in our Facebook Support Group for Parents.

The problem is, there isn’t a simple answer – Discord is as safe as you let it be.

discord parents guide

As we mentioned earlier, it’s possible for your child to come across graphic imagery, regardless of how careful they are.

There are a number of servers which could introduce your kids to a very toxic environment, and that’s something we want to avoid.

Here’s what we’d recommend for a parent trying to make Discord a better environment for everyone:

  1. Have an honest discussion with your child about staying safe online, and understand why they’re using Discord. Don’t be confrontational with them, just let them know online safety is a family value.
  2. Make an account and take some time to familiarise yourself with the app. Try joining some servers by doing a Google search of “game + discord server”. Note: This will require you to download the app on your smart device or computer.
  3. If you’re worried that your child is spending too much time playing video games, let them know you’re interested in learning more about Discord and want to be their friend. It’s possible that they will be hesitant at first, but assure them you won’t join any of their servers, you just want to become more invested.

Unfortunately, aside from the few things I just mentioned, there isn’t much more you can do to monitor or limit your child’s Discord time.

There’s always the option of talking to your internet provider about app/website blocking, or time monitoring. But, that might be too extreme for some people.

You can look into Covenant Eyes, Bark, K9 Web Protection, Circle, or Family Zone for help with that.

Final Word: Discord App Review

Like with most apps, the issue isn’t with the program itself, it’s with the people that use it.

If you let your child join servers full of random people, then soon enough they’ll come across something they shouldn’t see.

If, however, you manage their time on the app responsibly, then it can be a healthy and effective way for your child to communicate with their friends.

An increasing number of parents are worried about how to raise their child in a world dominated by gaming. If you’re one of them, check out our article about How To Raise Successful Kids That Play Video Games.

The article is a summary of a recent interview with Jordan Shapiro, author of The New Childhood, and it’s a fantastic resource that every parent should look at.

If you found this Discord app review helpful, be sure to share it with other parents who are concerned.

I found myself in a bad place.

I was completely addicted to one particular game – an MMO called Black Desert Online.

The thing is, I was really good at it. I enjoyed playing the game so much I actually stopped working so I could play it 24/7.

Why would I do something like that?

I was trying to make sure my name remained relevant in my own little digital heaven.

I wanted to be remembered.

Turning My Back on Gaming

Black Desert Online

As expected, things went south fairly quickly. I soon had to find a job and get back to work.

This was the catalyst for change. I ended up selling my account and didn’t look back once.

Just like that.

I remember, in the interview for my current job, my boss was telling me that the job could be boring.

My reply: “Don’t worry, I’ve been known to do the same thing for 18 hours straight and even enjoy it”.

I still cringe thinking about it, but I ended up getting the job. However, like most jobs, I soon became pretty bored.

I wasn’t fulfilled and I found myself having way too much free time. So, I started using this time to go to the gym.

It turned out that I could carve out a decent shape if I just follow a good workout plan. While this was a great habit, it didn’t help with the boredom.

That’s when I started experimenting.

Firstly, I turned to audiobooks.

I’m allowed to wear headphones at work. So, I started listening to fantasy audiobooks like the Wheel of Time series and Brandon Sanderson novels.

Maybe I still had the bug for getting enveloped inside a fantasy world.

This newfound passion for audiobooks worked really well for about 8 months.

But not well enough, I guess.

I was getting bored. Again.

Life Became My Video Game

After a bit of searching for things to do, I came across an app called LifeRPG.

This completely changed my life.

LifeRPG allows you to track your habits and goals, but it presents them in a way that makes real life into a video game. liferpg example

You gain experience for completing missions and can earn real-life rewards once you finish a certain amount.

I spent a couple of days getting into the app and adding little missions for myself.

Finish workout = finish a mission.

Clean my car = finish a mission.

It’s like having daily quests from an online multiplayer game.

Complete missions, get exp, level up skills, and earn crystals with which you can use to purchase your own custom rewards.

I was using LifeRPG every day, for a time, but it really got interesting when I decided I wanted to get into programming.

I started to study a lot, and almost forgot about the app. Then, one day, I remembered it existed and decided to use it to encourage myself to study.

I added dozens of missions, even rewards and stuff for myself. Some of my rewards included a day off or an unhealthy snack, to more expensive things like buying a new laptop.

Real Life Gamer

Not long after I discovered something called litRPG books.

I still only really listen to audiobooks, but I noticed that there were a lot of them involving characters playing MMOs.

They’d have stats that level up during the book, and it was as close to playing an MMO as you could – without the playing.

So I started soaking them up. Awaken Online, The Land, Life Reset, The Gam3, The Way of the Shaman, and so on.

litrpg example

There are so many of them. Some are better than others, but I even enjoy the bad ones.

I’ve completely lost any urge to play MMOs because while I’m working and driving I’m listening to someone else play MMOs.

Positive thinking doesn’t quite work for me, but turning my life into a video game works wonders.

I’d rather randomly take out my phone to complete a mission and add rewards to purchase than start gaming.

My Life Has Completely Changed

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In the past, my typical day would involve me waking up really late, playing video games all day, and then going to sleep really late.

I’d miss school, work, and whatever responsibilities I had in order to play.

However, now my day is completely different:

  • Wake up early for work
  • Weigh myself (mission)
  • Listen to an audiobook in the car
  • More listening while working
  • Go to the gym after work (mission)
  • Drive home, audiobook again
  • Study programming for a few hours (mission)
  • Browse the internet
  • If I have time I’ll complete some optional missions

I’m well on my way to become an experienced programmer, and I have a great routine and structure to my life. It’s been so long since I was a hardcore gamer that I haven’t got any issues saying no to games anymore.

My Advice for Someone Trying to Quit

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Don’t expect to change your life without taking some drastic steps. You have to do more than just uninstall a game or two.

You’ll have to change as many things about yourself as possible.

Get rid of that ugly lamp. Buy a new mousepad. Toss your old clothes.

These things might not be holding you back, but being able to change these little things will make it easier to change yourself.

And remember – The best time to start was yesterday. The next best time is now. The worst time is never.

Thank you for reading my story. Hopefully, I’ve inspired someone else who’s reading this to turn their life around by quitting gaming, it’s well worth it.

Signing off – Herman.

If you want to find out more information about video game addiction, and how it might be having an effect on your life, check out the 90-day detox. Like Herman and hundreds of others on Game Quitters, you too can turn your life around.

An investigation into whether or not video games are designed to be addictive:

Video games have been around for over 50 years. They are meant to be simple fun and entertainment.

Previously, buying a video game meant buying a complete game.

There was no downloadable content (DLC), no cosmetic items, and most importantly, no loot boxes.

Developers were happy to release a full game with the knowledge that a good game would lead to a customer buying a sequel.

The more modern video game, however, is the opposite.

Games are now designed to keep you playing rather than rely on you buying the sequel.

Gaming companies are enlisting the help of PhD behavioural psychologists using state-of-the-art research and data to make their games as addictive as possible.

You’ve probably heard of games being labelled as ‘engaging’ and ‘fun’, but a lot of the time the industry chooses simple language to disguise the addictiveness of their video games.

Let’s go through a few examples of how modern games are designed to be addictive, and whether anything can be done about it.

Skinner’s Box: Addictive Game Design

In the 1950s, a well-known psychologist named B.F. Skinner discovered you could control behavior through the use of a stimulus and a reward.

You may recognise the famous “rat in a cage” videos where the rat has learned to pull a lever to receive food.

Well, believe it or not, the same techniques are used to great effect within video games.

A modern example of this is the Battle Pass system within Fortnite. The battle pass costs roughly $10 for 10 weeks, which is the length of one season in Fortnite.

This then gives you access to daily quests and objectives, which, when completed you’re rewarded with extra skins and emotes (dances/gestures).

It’s quite simple, really.

Would you rather pay $X to unlock everything or, a much lower $Y to unlock everything just through playing the game a lot?

You might be happy to pay $X up front, but imagine how a child is going to answer that question? They’ll take option B every day.

It tricks you into believing that you’re gaining a huge amount of value from a relatively small investment. When in reality, you’re trading large portions of your time just to make your character look a bit cooler.

Which leads us nicely into our next point.

Virtual Goods = Real Goods

Fortnite Virtual Store

As humans, we have an instinctive ability to tell if we like something in a split second.

For example, it takes one-fifth of a second to know if we are attracted to someone 1 1. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1743-6109.2010.01999.x × . Therefore, wanting something in the virtual world is akin to wanting something in the real world.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in South Korea. A law was passed in 2010 which states virtual items have the same value as real ones 2 2. https://www.adweek.com/digital/south-korea-rules-virtual-currency-on-par-with-real-money/ × .

These items are now acting as reinforcement for playing, as you’re likening your increased wealth in-game to being wealthy in real life.

Not to mention the attachment that most gamers feel towards their collection and ‘gamer lifestyle’.

For a lot of people, their online wealth is quite literally all they have. It’s an amalgamation of their life progress, achievements, and friends.

It’s no wonder that gamers are placing much more value on their virtual collection than their real-life achievements which, for a lot of gamers, is almost non-existent.

There have also been studies showing that addicts are more likely to identify with their online avatars, in an attempt to compensate for a poorer sense of self and lack of real-world progress.

Changing the Rate of Reinforcement

Reinforcement in video games is usually fast and frequent when you start playing.

“You levelled up! here is a reward!”

Receiving a reward every time you level up is known as a ‘fixed reinforcement ratio of one’.

This is manipulated a huge number of ways to keep you playing, such as:

  • Extending the time it takes to level up, therefore, increasing play time for the same reward.
  • Changing the reward rate from “fixed” to “variable” – this means you no longer get a reward every time you level up, or win a game, but at random intervals.

Studies 3 3. https://courses.lumenlearning.com/boundless-psychology/chapter/operant-conditioning/ × have shown that using variable reinforcement is by far the most effective (seen in red).

Graph of addictive game design feature variable reinforcement ratio

Unsurprisingly, it is also the one most commonly used in video games.

However, this isn’t to say that variable reinforcement is the only method used in how video games are designed to be addictive.

A number of developers combine variable rewards with constant rewards, to keep you coming back for more.

For example, in World of Warcraft (and most MMOs), you can always see your progress towards your next level. That way you’re still being rewarded for your effort, although you haven’t achieved that next level – yet.

Then, when you eventually level up you’re given a new reward each time. This is usually a new skill improvement, items, or unlocked quest(s). It’s this combination of the two systems that keeps you really hooked on playing every day.

Just watch this PhD Researcher from Epic Games (creator of Fortnite) describe how video games are designed to be addictive:

Loot Boxes

PUBG Mobile addictive design loot boxes

Game developers have taken this manipulation a step further in recent years with the introduction of loot boxes.

A loot box is a virtual item that can be opened, usually using real money, and contains a random virtual item with different levels of rarity.

Loot boxes provide another way of varying the reinforcement in video games.

Similar to gambling in real life, loot boxes give you a random chance to get a reward that. Loot boxes have been compared to fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which have been linked to serious gambling problems.

There have even been cases reported of people losing their entire life savings on virtual loot boxes 4 4. https://www.kotaku.com.au/2017/11/meet-the-19-year-old-who-spent-over-17000-on-microtransactions/ × .

Currently gambling law in most countries does not cover virtual goods.

Some video games reward you with loot boxes for achieving a level up. This gives you the chance to spend more money in the game, just to get a reward that you end up paying for anyway! It’s the perfect money-making machine.

Punishment for Not Playing

Farmville addictive video game design

A staggering number of popular mobile games such as Farmville and Candy Crush punish you for not playing the game.

Skinner referred to this as avoidance, meaning you perform a behaviour to avoid the negative outcome.

In Farmville, your crops will die if they are not harvested, even when you aren’t playing.

For example, you might plant some crops that take 4 hours to ripen.

If you don’t log back onto the game within 4 hours of them ripening, the crops will wither and die.

The only way to avoid this is to spend real money on ‘unwithering tools’, or to make sure you’re always logging into the game every day.

Avoidance has become one of the most widely used tactics in mobile games, keeping you as a customer, and increasing the chance that you’ll spend extra money on the game.

It’s these tactics that have led to the mobile industry becoming the most lucrative gaming market in the world, bringing in over 50% of the entire global revenue from video games since 2018 5 5. https://newzoo.com/insights/articles/global-games-market-reaches-137-9-billion-in-2018-mobile-games-take-half/ × .

Streaks and Daily Rewards

PUBG Mobile Daily Streak

How many games have you played where on your first-day logging on a screen flashes up saying “Daily reward! Claim now!”?

This is another common system put in place by mobile and MMO developers to keep you playing.

These types of game are reliant on you logging in every single day to level up your character, and they are going to do everything they can to ensure you do.

One thing they might do is show you a 30-day timetable of what you’ll receive if you log on for 30 days straight.

Initially, because you’re just starting out, that 30-day reward might seem incredibly powerful.

But after you play for a while, you will realise these rewards are actually quite useless. It was just a strategy to make sure you play that first month.

A lot of games also make use of a monthly subscription service, but include a 30-day free trial for their game.

Game developers know that if you make it through those 30 days, you’re much more likely to carry on playing and buy the game afterwards.

To top it off, developers will make sure you lose a portion of your items or progress unless you upgrade to the full version.

That first month is crucial for user retention and another place where video games are designed to be addictive.

In-Game Seasons

Seasons are a perfect representation of how the pricing model of the gaming industry has shifted over recent years.

Previously you would buy a game, play it, and finish it or trade it back in.

Today’s games are usually free-to-play and implement systems to keep you playing the same game.

One example of this, which is heavily used in Fortnite and PUBG Mobile, is in-game seasons.

PUBG Mobile Royale Pass comparison

If you weren’t aware, every 3 months games like Fortnite and PUBG Mobile reset their progress.

This means that all of your hard earned levels and experience get thrown away, and you have to start from square one again.

However, you get to keep all of the cosmetic items earned through the battle pass system we learned about earlier.

If you don’t complete all of the quests available to you, you don’t get to unlock all of the rewards.

The start of a new season is also a great way for Epic, Fortnite’s developers, to introduce loads of new content in order to keep the game fresh.

In the past, they’ve introduced the infinity gauntlet from Marvel’s Infinity War, and whoever collects them all turns into a superhero wielding near unstoppable power.

They’ll also add a variety of new character customisation options such as skins, dances, and animations.

It’s this constant renewal of the game which keeps people enjoying it over and over again, and it’s been a huge contributor to Fortnite’s massive success – they earned over $2.4 billion dollars in revenue in 2018.

Video Games Are Designed to Be Addictive

You might not be aware of how video games are designed to be addictive.

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I hope this article has highlighted some of their tactics for you. Games are designed to keep you playing and increasingly, to get you to spend money.

Game designers are behavioral psychologists who are very much aware of the systems they’re putting in their games.

They’re implementing these strategies in games are marketed for children. With the explosion of the mobile gaming industry, it’s only going to get worse.

If you, or someone you know, might be struggling with gaming addiction, we’ve got loads of fantastic resource

s to give you the support that you need.

In this tutorial you will learn how to delete your League of Legends account in less than five minutes.

Ready to quit League of Legends? One of the first steps you want to take is to delete your account.

As someone who struggled with a video game addiction, one of the games I found most addictive was League of Legends.

I spent countless hours destroying towers, pushing mid, and learning how to last hit minions. When I finally quit playing video games last year, League of Legends was the first thing to go.

If you’ve come to the realization that the game is taking over your life, and you want to know how to delete your league of legends account, then you’ve come to the right place.

I’ll guide you through the simple process, and within 5 minutes you’ll be well on your way to a game-free future.

How to Delete Your League Of Legends Account

In order to start this process, you’ll need to be logged in to the League of Legends website.

Step 1: Head over to the support section at the top of the screen, and click on ‘Submit A Request’.

Step 2: In the ‘Request Type’ box choose account management, data requests or deletion. You might need to scroll down a bit.

Step 3: I need help with – I would like to delete my account.

Step 4 – Important: In the subject field, make sure you write ‘Account Deletion‘.

Step 5: In the final box you need to copy and paste the following text and answer the questions as best you can.

Account Name (The name you log in to the LoL client with):
Summoner Name (The name your friends see in-game):
The server you play on:
Original email address used to register the account:
Location that you registered the account from (City, Country):
Have you purchased RP on this account? If yes, please list the payment methods used to purchase RP:

This information is also available on the Account Deletion FAQ on the League of Legends website.

Finally, just select your language and if you know whether or not you’re a PBE player you can fill that in too.

Once that’s all done click Submit and you’re good to go.

Account Deletion Takes 30 Days

Now your account is in Riot’s hands, and the process will take 30 days to complete.

You’ll be unable to access your account during this time.

The only way you can recover your account is by messaging their support directly, provided it’s within five days of the end of the time limit.

If you’re struggling to find something to do instead of playing League of Legends, check out our huge list of hobbies and start changing your life today.

Related: How to Quit Playing League of Legends

Step-by-step instructions to clear your YouTube history:

Have you ever decided to watch one YouTube video about a topic, only to have your entire homepage become flooded with similar videos?

Unsurprisingly, YouTube is using their optimized algorithm to comb through your search and watch history, to recommend videos they think you’d like.

This isn’t usually a problem, but if you’re someone who has just started on your 90-day detox from gaming, it can be a struggle.

After people quit gaming, a number of them fill that void with YouTube.

I mean, why wouldn’t you? It’s an infinite trove of mentally stimulating content just waiting to be watched.

But, receiving recommended gameplay from your favourite video games can increase your cravings to play.

The best way to get around this is to learn how to clear your YouTube history.

And don’t worry, I’ve included the mobile version for you as well.

How To Clear Your YouTube History

Clearing your YouTube history is actually pretty simple. However, YouTube likes to hide all of your data (even the deleted stuff) behind another few steps.

How to Delete Your Watch and Search History

Step 1: Head over to your history tab on the left side of the screen

Step 2: You’ll see the two sections on the right-hand side. Click ‘clear all history’ in both of these and you’re good to go.

That’s it!

Now you get to admire your beautiful homepage in all of its glory.

Quick note – If you use the YouTube Music app you’ll have to go through the same process in that.

Clean YouTube’s Hidden Data

Now there are a couple of extra steps to take to delete the rest of your data Google has on file.

Step 1: Head back over to the history tab, navigate to the right-hand side and click on ‘manage all activity’.

Step 2: Click on the ‘delete activity by’ on the left side of the screen.

Step 3: Under the ‘delete by date’ section, change it to all time.

Step 4: Now press delete.

And, hopefully, you’re good to go.

Initially, this might not look like it has much of an effect, as your homepage has gone back to normal after clearing your watch and search history.

However, over time YouTube will feed recommendations back to you based on videos you watched months or years ago.

Mobile Version: How To Delete Your Watch History

The mobile version is pretty similar to the desktop version, it’s just laid out slightly differently. Follow the arrows and you’ll be all set.

Step 1: Click on Library in the bottom right.

Arrow Pointing to Library Tab on YouTube

Step 2: Click on ‘History’ at the top.

Arrow Pointing To History

Step 3: Tap on the three dots in the top-right corner.

Arrow Pointing To Three Dots In Top Right Of Mobile Screen

Step 4: On the pop-up menu, select ‘History Controls’

Arrow Pointing To History Controls Tab

Step 5: Now just click on ‘Clear Watch History’ and ‘Clear Search History’. Also, note that you can delete all of your YouTube data on this screen, similar to what we did on the desktop.

Screenshot Showing Clear Watch And Search History Buttons

And that’s it. Pretty simple.

If you find yourself giving into your cravings and end up binge-watching a bunch of videos, just go back, delete your history and reset.

If you’re looking to prevent these binge-watching sessions happening, we’ll be releasing a guide soon on how to get rid of all of the distractions on YouTube such as Recommended videos, Trending, and Autoplay.

So make sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to get notified when the video goes live. And leave a comment on the video about your experience with YouTube after trying to quit gaming.