Pokémon Go is the latest craze sweeping the globe and if you have somehow managed to escape the obsession, where have you been?
The revival of the late 90s fad with a modern day twist which sees people hunting virtual monsters with their smartphones has been met with mixed reactions. There are two schools of thought on the augmented reality game:
1) Those who live and breathe Pokémon Go, that they’ve been so unaware of their surroundings, they’ve been injured in their pursuit of Squirtles, Catapies and Zubats.
2) Those who think chasing pocket monsters is a waste of time and can’t believe what the world is coming to.
But before you disparage Pokémon Go and claim it’s only for seven-year-olds with nothing better to do or it’s come straight from the pits of hell, there are some real life benefits to hunting virtual monsters.
1 .You’ll burn some serious calories
Lace up comfortable walking shoes because you’ll end up walking miles hunting and hatching eggs and sourcing Poké Balls.
2. You’ll get some fresh air
During winter it’s tempting to crank up the heat pump or stoke the fire, but Pokémon crazy fans are ignoring the cold and getting outside for fresh air. Fresh air is essential for optimum health. Being indoors in small, overheated, poorly ventilated rooms is a recipe for bacteria to breed and germs to be passed person-to-person. If you’re lucky enough to get some winter sun, pull up your sleeves and soak up some much needed vitamin D.
3. It can help relieve anxiety and depression
Social media is flooded with posts of how people who have previously battled with getting out of the house have found a new lease of life after discovering Pokémon Go
#PokemonGO has changed me so much for the better in only a week. Dealing with BPD, depression & anxiety it has helped me get out of the house
— Lara (@38Violetqueen) July 11, 2016
Also this app has actually motivated me to go OUT – me, who has anxiety so bad I cannot go out sometimes. So thank you, Pokémon Go.
— Neonpossum (@possumdoodles) July 6, 2016
4. You’ll make new friends
Players can plant lures to attract wild Pokémon and attract other Pokémon players on the hunt to the same area. Chances are while you’re out on the chase, you’ll bump into other frenzied players and end up meeting people and strike up conversations with random strangers, that you’d normally have never met.
5. You’ll discover new places
Like geocaching, Pokémon Go will encourage you to spread your wings beyond your front gate. You may discover bush walks, local parks or attractions you never knew existed. It’s also a great way to explore a new city or overseas destination.