Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last couple of days, you’ll know that Pokemon Go is taking the world by storm. Heck, we even had to explain it to my boyfriend’s Grandma after it was on the six o’clock news.
Wherever you go at the moment you’ll see people on their phones, catching Pokemon. You’ll overhear people talking about it, and you definitely can’t get away from it on Twitter.
I’m really interested in the claims people are making that this game is a force for good. There’s talk that it’s getting people out of the house, exercising and socialising. I’ve heard a few people saying that they’ve never walked about so much as they have playing this game.
Pokémon Go is just a game at he end of the day, and it’s great that people are having fun. But I do find it odd that people are heralding this as a new age of exercise and social interaction.
Pokémon Go did not invent walking. Hopefully it isn’t news to you that you have always been able to walk around and see interesting things in your surroundings. Heck, why not take a friend with you, and there’s your social interaction too.
There’s nothing wrong with this game and I’m sure it’s grip on people will pass as quickly as it took hold. But why do we have to justify playing it with these supposed benefits? Don’t people find it a bit odd that it’s taken an app to get them out and about?
Not to be a killjoy, but I’m pretty sure the increased screen time and people ignoring what’s going on around them at the expense of catching Pokémon outweighs the benefits.
If you enjoy the game, fine (I’m partial to throwing the odd Poké Ball myself). But let’s not pretend Nintendo and their new league of millennials invented living life. And let’s not forget to actually live our lives.