September 18, 2021
In 2020, a pregnant woman was preparing to go into labor when her boyfriend decided to focus his attention elsewhere. She posted a video of him gaming inside her hospital room.
A TikToker took to social media to share what her boyfriend was up to while she was getting ready to have their baby. In the brief clip, she shamed his actions.
The mother-to-be who shares a TikTok account, @anxietycouple, with her partner, posted footage of her boyfriend as he was playing on his Xbox in the hospital room.
HER BOYFRIEND WAS GAMING
He had his headphones on to avoid disturbing the other patients, but many were upset that he was preoccupied. Netizens reacted in an array of different ways.
The clip first showed the woman who was lying in her hospital bed. She said: "So I might go into labor today, and my boyfriend is doing this." The clip then panned to show her boyfriend on the other end of the room.
HE WAS INCONSIDERATE
He replied with a promise and said: "One game, I promise." For much of the online community, even one game was too much. People thought it was inconsiderate of him to miss out on the special moments.
The clip's caption also alluded to this. The mother wrote: "He's going to miss his son's birth due to that Xbox." In response to this, one user expressed: "I play games, and to me, this is just disrespectful; he's missing memories he should be having."
Another echoed this sentiment and added: "Seriously, Xbox can wait, though." Others suggested that it was his way of coping with the stress and anxiety of becoming a father.
SUPPORT FOR THE BOYFRIEND
Certain users simply offered the mother good luck and best wishes with her delivery. There were also a few users that indicated they would have done the same in his position.
Fellow gamers offered the boyfriend messages of respect. One netizen wrote: "Gamers never stop gaming, respect." A fellow mother shared a similar experience.
The user shared that she didn't mind that her partner was gaming in the hospital. In fact, she gamed with him while they waited for the baby to make its appearance.
"I honestly don't mind that at all! I told my husband to bring the Nintendo Switch so we can play Mario Kart when I go into labor."
SHE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GAMING
With millions of views and comments, the internet was divided by the clip. Many viewers shamed the TikToker's boyfriend because of his actions, and consequently, she decided to clarify the events for everyone.
The TikToker shared that she was the one responsible for the Xbox inside the hospital. She wrote: "I'm kidding. I had my dad bring it for him. He deserved it for always being there with me." Regardless, many users still felt it was uncalled for.