A 28-year old Singaporean man has filed for divorce from his wife of three years, citing irreconcilable differences due to ‘her neglect after she became obsessed with playing Pokemon Go’. According to court documents, the man alleges that his wife, a 26-year old local woman, spent ‘between six to ten hours per day’ playing the popular game after it was released in Singapore in early August of this year.
The upset husband, who is referred to only as Mr Lim in the divorce papers, tried convincing his wife to reduce the time she spent playing Pokemon, warning her that it was having a harmful effect on their marriage. “I constantly asked her to put her phone away when we were together,” he claimed. “But despite my pleas she would continue to play Pokemon while we were having dinner, while she was brushing her teeth, and even on one occasion as we made love.”
With his wife completely obsessed by the game, the man took drastic measures to attempt to save his marriage. “One night, after she’d fallen asleep, I logged into her account and transferred all her high-CP Pokemon back to the professor.” When his wife woke up the next morning and discovered this, she was furious. “Thankfully she put it down to a bug in the app, rather than something that I’d purposely done,” he said.
After several attempts to get his wife to overcome her Pokemon addiction failed, the man tried one last desperate effort. “I called her friends over to our apartment to stage an intervention,” he said, hoping that they could talk some sense into his Pokemon-obsessed wife. “However, this completely backfired, because they were just as addicted to Pokemon as she was.” Instead of convincing the woman to cut down on her game time, they accompanied her on a trip to challenge several local gyms.
“I’d had enough at this point, so I decided to file for divorce,” said Mr Lim, speaking to a local journalist. “When I told her I was divorcing her, she didn’t even look up from her phone. She said: Not now, I’m trying to catch Pokemon.” He added: “That was the final straw, that she felt that some stupid game was more important than our marriage.”
Attempts to reach Mrs Lim for comment on her side of the story were unsuccessful, with her brief response to our journalist’s email merely stating that “she was too busy” to respond.