Pokemon Go: Is it going to end just like a fad ?

Pokemon Go – Ponyta and Rattata Loose in San Francisco – GameSpot A video game featuring combative little critters called Pokémon hits mobile devices, and millions of fans are hooked. Players around the world search for rare and valuable Pokémon and connect with each other to do battle.In just a matter of days, the app became the biggest mobile game that the United States has ever seen.As with any fad, popular news outlets are either praising Pokémon Go or lambasting it as the next plague.

Pokémon Go is a free-to-play smartphone game, based on the Japanese designed Pokémon franchise. The game encourages you to trap, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon.Its premise is not dissimilar to a number of other games, but it has one major difference – it is linked to the real world. Using the mobile device’s GPS capability, players are required to physically walk around their local area, hunting out hidden characters within real-world maps.

Although the Pokémon Go concept itself is relatively standard, the game has the unusual ability to get gamers up and out of their chairs and moving around outdoors.The effect of any app, game, or new technology on a population is likely to be minimal. That is, unless its uptake is huge; with Pokémon Go, the uptake certainly is huge.

friday-night-at-melbourne-central-in-australia-with-over-a-dozen-people-seen-playing-pokemon-goFollowing its release in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S., the pressure on the game developers’ servers was far greater than expected. They had to postpone upcoming releases in other regions until they could strengthen their technology sufficiently to cope with the demand.

Within 2 days of Pokémon Go‘s U.S. release, it was installed on an estimated 5 percent of all Android devices in the country. As of July 12, Pokémon Go boasted around 21 million active users.With so many players, the game has the genuine ability to influence public health. The question is, will Pokémon Go yield positive health outcomes, or is it a potential death trap?

Pokémon Go : GOOD

First and foremost, Pokémon Go is getting younger (and older) people out of the house and moving around. This offers a huge potential benefit for the health of the population. In that respect, Pokémon Go could have a very positive impact. If millions of Americans are walking farther than they normally would, on a daily basis, that has the potential to produce a significant benefit to public health.

Other than the cardiovascular benefits of a swift stroll, being coerced into the great outdoors has other potential perks. Anecdotally, other Pokémon Go players have reported the benefits of interacting with people they would have never otherwise spoken to. Modern society has a tendency to minimize the amount of human contact we have. For some, an isolated life is no concern. Others, however, can feel lonely.

An statistic shows that the two most popular recent mobile apps are Clash Royale and Slitherio. They had 1.67% and 0.84% daily user levels among all Android phone users in America four days after launching.But Pokemon Go hit a 10.81% daily user penetration level four days after its US debut.

Pokémon Go : BAD

As everything has there two sides it also has undesired side.

  • A 15-year-old girl was playing the game and crossed an intersection about 20 miles outside of Pittsburgh when she was hit by a vehicle. Deiseroth says she was forced to cross a four-lane road to catch Pokémon on Tuesday.
  • Teaching your kids to pay attention and remain alerted of their surroundings is incredibly important – especially with crashes involving distracted drivers on the rise. More than eight people are killed and 1,161 are injured every day in the United States in crashes involving a distracted driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Police are already investigating crashes where the driver was allegedly playing Pokémon Go.

To summarize, there may be some genuine health benefits to playing Pokémon Go; alleviating loneliness and depression, and reducing the chances of premature death are all valiant outcomes. The only real downside, as far as health is concerned, is that players are not paying enough attention to their surroundings.

Regardless of the warnings, people are not likely to pay full attention while they interact with the world of Pokémon Go. The Pokémon-fueled “trespassing epidemic” will no doubt continue, as will stories of people walking into traffic and trees.

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