Man Bringing Games Console to Hospital While Partner in Labor Sparks Debate

A woman has shared a video to TikTok revealing how her boyfriend "brought his entire gaming system" to hospital with them while she was induced while heavily pregnant.

In the video, posted to TikTok by amberscxtt, her partner can be seen sat, bent forward on a chair intently playing a video game on a games console and television screen apparently brought from home. The clip can be watched here.

"My boyfriend brought his entire gaming system to the hospital during my 21 hour induction," an on-screen caption read. Though the heavily pregnant woman in the video appeared nonplussed at his actions, debate in the comments section accompanying the clip proved fierce.

Jiafei Stan was critical of his actions, describing the video as "Another reason why to get a boyfriend who isn't obsessed with gaming." Another user, posting as misskittyyyy, meanwhile just wrote "absolutely not" in response to the clip.

KMAN 336 was similarly scathing, writing that it was "sad how video games are taking over people's lives." April132012bam suggested it was a portent of things to come for the new parents.

"What he will be doing once the baby is born too," they said. "Gaming while you are taking care of all of the baby's needs."

Despite these negative remarks, plenty of commenters felt her partner was within his rights to do something to keep busy, given the fact he would likely be waiting for quite some time while his partner was induced.

Monica Westbrook wrote: "I don't see the problem" with kingkiell Nickiell agreeing: "I see no problem. 21 hours is a long time, and guess what people you can put a controller down when needed."

_Kay_ asked: "I mean what ya wanted him to do? Sit there for 21 hours staring at her? She was probably more entertained watching him play ... I would be."

Lamar_45 added: "I would've done the same thing" with TheSadGoldfish expressing confusion at some of the negative remarks regarding the dad-to-be's actions, writing: "People here are really mad someone didn't wanna do nothing for 21 hours."

Responding to the criticism of her other half's actions, the original poster, amberscxtt, said: "It's okay everyone. I wasn't in any type of pain till 19 hours later when it was almost time for me to push. And for those 19 hours, I watched movies and browsed TikTok."

While there is no suggestion that the boyfriend in question is addicted to using his games console, gaming addiction is a genuine problem. Video game addiction was first classified as a mental health condition by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2019. A global study conducted by the University of Adelaide in 2021 concluded that around 3.05 percent of gamers suffer from gaming disorder, which equates to just over 60 million people.

Officially defined as "Gaming disorder" the WHO states the condition is "characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities."

Newsweek has contacted amberscxtt for comment.

A woman in labor and a gamer.
Stock images of a woman in labor and a man playing a video game - footage showing that a man has set himself up with a gaming console while his wife is induced has gone viral. globalmoments/DeanDrobot/Getty