Please imagine you have two naughty and noisy children who scream a lot. You are loosing your patience because of this and you are going to find a solution to the problem at hand. You buy a PlayStation device for them. After awhile your one of your neighbors asks you about the reason your children do not make those sounds as before! You say:

a) They have gotten occupied since they’ve bought PlayStation.

b) They have gotten busy since they’ve bought PlayStation.

Which one of the above mentioned self-made sentences sounds natural? If no one, then please let me know what how a native speaker would say it.

For me, the both verbs work properly and mean the same here.

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    neither sounds natural. Are we doing your homework? Wink...
    – WRX
    Commented Jan 24, 2017 at 17:07
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    <grump>I wish you'd gotten them books instead.</grump> Commented Jan 24, 2017 at 17:18

2 Answers 2


They are busy playing their game.

They are occupied with their Playstation.

Their new Playstation is keeping them busy (or occupied).


They've gotten much quieter since they got a PlayStation

would be fine, since it defines the change of state; but I think most people would define the new state with ADJ+complement rather than a temporal.

They've gotten fascinated with their PlayStation. They've gotten absorbed in their PlayStation.
They've gotten wrapped up in their PlayStation.

. . . and so forth—there are dozens of possibilities.

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