Internet laughs as pregnant woman fakes affair to ‘anger’ her stepmother

US player numbers may have dropped now that the lockdown is over, but there are still plenty of players left. A couple’s love of gambling has gone viral after an unfortunate misunderstanding with a ‘toxic’ stepmom.

Posting to Reddit’s AITA (Am I the A******?) forum on August 22, user u/True_Tap_5721 shared how his favorite pastime led to accusations of cheating and a secret baby daddy.

Describing her and her husband as “big game addicts”, the 27-year-old explained that their hobby is a “sensitive point” for their families who don’t like video games. As a result, they got into the habit of lying about their fate so they could play in peace.

She wrote: “We argued about how our hobbies are ‘unacceptable’, ‘childish’ and that we needed to change. Sunday is known to everyone as ‘unavailable’ day. We always say we are on [a] date or something, but actually we’re home to cover our weekly game quota.”

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A file photo of a husband and mother ganging up on his wife during an argument. Reddit users advised the woman to set boundaries with her “toxic” mother-in-law.
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According to a Morning Consult poll, American adults between the ages of 18 and 34 are the biggest gamers, with 25% of this group playing three to six hours a week and 9% spending more than 24 hours a week on games. Players aged 35 to 44 came in second place, with 18% playing for three to six hours and 6% for more than 24 hours.

A study by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) explored the benefits of gaming in 2022. Surveying 4,000 Americans, about two-thirds have played video games – 52% of men and 48% of women – described as players.

The ESA also found that nine out of 10 gamers are spending the same amount of time gaming as during the height of the pandemic. Whether they were gamers or not, 97% of participants believed that video games could bring benefits, such as improving creative, cognitive and communication skills.

However, an earlier study from CS Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan found that 86% of parents surveyed felt their teens spent too much time on video games. The national poll found that 78% of parents saw this as typical teenage behavior and believed their children were playing “as much or less” than others their age.

Although 71% felt that video games had a “positive impact” on their teenager, they were also concerned that the game interfered with other activities, such as homework, family and extracurricular activities, and friends.

“It’s none of their business”

Since she found out she was pregnant, her in-laws visited her more often than usual. As a result, the couple reduced their time spent playing to avoid arguments.

Last Sunday, her husband went to a gaming cafe with friends, while the poster stayed home and played on her own. 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 guess I was acting very suspicious because I wanted to end the conversation asap,” she said.

“She asked me what I was doing and I answered automatically without thinking that I was on a date with my husband. According to my husband, she then called him and he said that he was in a bar with friends.”

Her mother-in-law came to the poster house, and since she was in the middle of another game, she ignored the woman until it was over.

She wrote: “Afterwards I answered the door and pretended to be asleep, that’s why I didn’t answer the phone or the door.

“MIL blasted me calling me a cheater and that the child I was pregnant with was not his sons (because otherwise why wouldn’t I have answered the door?

“The idea that I would cheat, and that it would even be possible to cheat on my partner, was so hilarious to me that I burst out laughing, which pissed off MIL even more.”

The mother-in-law continued to “scold” her until her son came home. She told him that the Redditor was cheating on him, making her husband “visibly confused.”

“[He] confirmed to his mother that there was no way for me to deceive him. He explained how we were together practically every moment of the day and when MIL saw that he wasn’t getting on his side, he got mad at me for leading her. She called me a bitch for pretending to have an affair and never fixing it before telling other people,” she wrote.

Reddit users backed the poster, with its story receiving over 15,000 upvotes and over 1,000 comments.

“Stop letting that damn woman walk through your front door,” notforcommentin2 said.

“You all have grown up a**,” Merisiel wrote. “You can play video games as much as you want. You don’t have to cower in fear and hide your hobbies like a teenager.”

“Your MIL looks toxic,” robbed hackers commented. “You both need to tell your parents it’s none of their business and keep their opinions about your games to themselves.”

While justlookbelow said: “Lying and keeping secrets can be useful when dealing with difficult people, at least in the short term. But with people you see often, it’s best to let it all out, if they can’t just manage it see them less.”

Newsweek has contacted u/True_Tap_5721 for comment. We were unable to verify the details of the case.

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