The video game taboo should have died a long time ago; a recently published study from the Pew Research Center suggests that over half of Americans ages 18-49 play video games. But while gaming is more prevalent than ever, it remains mired in misconceptions. These stereotypes can plague marriages, particularly if one spouse games regularly and the other doesn’t.

Concerned spouses may wonder: does my partner’s hobby spell doom for our relationship? The answer, as is the case with all ‘problematic’ behaviors is: it depends. Spouses of gamers aren’t automatically doomed to divorce, but a lot depends on how the hobby is pursued and whether it takes precedence over other activities. The following factors could play a role in marriage quality among gaming spouses:

Time Spent Playing Games

Ask three different spouses what, exactly, constitutes ‘too much’ gaming and you’ll receive three different answers. There is no concrete point at which gaming becomes universally excessive. The specific number of hours may not be the real sign of trouble, but rather, whether extensive gaming time interferes with work, childcare, or other obligations.

Physical Health

Yes, DDR and Wii Fit exist, but no, most players do not focus on these physically-active games. Most gaming is sedentary, and often, accompanied by unhealthy beverages or snacks. Spouses who fail to maintain their physical health due to excessive gaming may experience moodiness and sexual dysfunction. Game-related sleep disturbances can also wreak havoc on marriages, particularly if gaming keeps both spouses awake at night.

Video games, like anything in life, warrant moderation. Couples who strike a game-life balance can enjoy blissful marriages. In fact, many claim that gaming is their favorite shared activity.

No matter the role gaming or other unique concerns play in your marriage or divorce, you can count on the Brown Law Offices for help. Reach out today for more information.

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Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

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Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

Jason has successfully litigated against some of the more recognized family law attorneys in the Twin Cities. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, and one of the Top 100 Family Law Attorneys in Minnesota by the Society of Legal Advocates.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Jason serves as a mediator, and court-appointed early neutral evaluator, in divorce and family law cases throughout Minnesota. He frequently writes and speaks concerning divorce and family law issues, including several invitations to present seminars for the Minnesota Judicial Branch in St. Paul.

Beyond family law, Jason has represented hundreds of clients accused of a serious crime, including arson, fraud, unauthorized computer access, burglary, felony strangulation and obstruction of justice. He also provides estate planning services.

Local media appearances by Jason include WCCO Radio, KARE 11 Television, Fox 9 Television and WCCO Television. His national media appearances include NBC News, Time Magazine, USA Today and the Huffington Post.

Jason is the former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota Trial Lawyer’s Association, and taught divorce and family law coursework within the paralegal program at North Hennepin Community College. He publishes the Minnesota Family Law Blog, which has been recognized as a “Top 25″ by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Outside of the office, Jason enjoys playing the bass and electric guitar and spending time in the north woods of Wisconsin.


Areas of Practice
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Adoption
  • Restraining Orders
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estate Planning
Notable Cases
  • Representation of Four Grandparents in Minnesota’s First Quad-Parenting Adoption
  • Representation of Client in Minnesota’s First Same-Sex Divorce
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota State Bar, 2000
  • US District Court – District of Minnesota, 2002
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law, 2000
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1997
Joined Firm
  • 2003
Professional Associations & Activities
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Presenter, Various CLE Courses
  • Monthly Columnist, Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper