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There are 21 comments on YouSpeak: What’s Behind the Pokémon Go Craze

  1. This game taps into people’s inner treasure hunter, and allows the fantasy of finding treasure to come to life. It is also a perfect example of how disconnected people are to the real world which is full of natural treasures. Instead of searching for and viewing the beauty of the natural world they prefer the fantasy. Our modern culture continues to push people farther and father from there connection the natural world. At least it has people walking around getting some mild exercise, if it weren’t for that aspect this game would
    be nothing but pure garbage. Rather than search for Pokemon if personally prefer to hike, kayak, swim, climb, or even exercise in a gym. Add a camera to those outdoor activities and then you have somethin far more exciting then Pokemon, oh, but I guess that might require creativity and movement than today’s generation is capable of. When catastrophe hits, whether it be war, natural disasters etc – certainly we can rely on the Pokemon followers to help and save others, after all, the game builds great leadership qualities and prepares us for these types of inevitable events right?

    1. Ken, I legitimately cannot tell if you’re trying to be sarcastic or not. Your last paragraph stretches so far into unnecessary hyperbole that it loses all connection to the real world you are singing the virtues of.

      On what planet does kayaking help you build leadership qualities? Or swimming, climbing, hiking, or exercising in a gym?

      Moreover, I did not realize that playing Pokemon Go and doing other activities that you mentioned or developing the skills that you listed are mutually exclusive.

      And finally, perhaps “today’s generation” would have more time to go explore the world if:

      – The older generation wasn’t busy charging us >$70k per year for university, putting many college students into a state of poverty that does not allow them to afford activities like kayaking or climbing.
      – The older generation didn’t pay us so little for doing so much work.
      – The older generation wasn’t profiting off of our student loans with high interest rates — even for federal loans.
      – The older generation’s mismanagement of government for the past twenty years hadn’t left us with little help in attaining our goals, instead opting for laws that only assist them.
      – The older generation hadn’t ruined the economy.

      Please, check your privilege and let people have some fun. We don’t need the pessimism, we have enough of it when we look at the future the older generation has left for us.

    2. There’s a very clear generational divide when it comes to playing this game. Or it’s just a swell opportunity for people to feel superior to their peers. Lighten up. Or give me $500 to buy a kayak instead of downloading a free app.

      1. You don’t need $500 in order to go kayaking, you can just rent one an amount equivalent to pocket change. Certainly for much less money than it would cost you to get a smart phone and an expensive data plan.

          1. The straw man argument is — you need to give me $500 so I can go kayaking. How much more money is spent on data plans just to play that stupid game? I don’t know, but probably a lot. Why does everyone has to have a smart phone? I don’t know either.

    3. Actually, this game has been having far more positive effects on today’s youth than it has had negatives and has done quite the opposite of what you have described. Because of the augmented reality feature, it forces people outside and walking around, not only encouraging exercise (as you have to walk a certain amount of miles for your eggs to hatch within the game and it is connected to the pedometer in your phone), but it also has been incredibly helpful for those who suffer from depression and anxiety, and many reports have been showing that this game has had significant mental health benefits – giving people a reason to get outside and interacting with others, where they would not have normally.

      It is also surprisingly educational, as all of the Pokestops are historical or significant landmarks in the area, with descriptions of why they are significant in the game – which forces players to explore neat areas around them that they might never have otherwise and really promotes a sense of community – especially if you are in the same area, all working towards the same goal with a group of strangers – once you all realize you’re there for the same reason, it becomes a great way to meet new people and have conversations that one would have never had otherwise.

      It’s also been helping small/local businesses around the world, because many places are able to capitalize on the game and offer deals to players that are attracted to their stores because of it. I’ve read many instances of people using the app with positive purposes, whether they are dropping “Lures” at children’s hospitals, to attract Pokemon to kids that are unable to walk around outside, or whether people are volunteering with animal shelters to take shelter dogs out with them on Pokemon walks, there are really a lot of ways that it has been having a positive impact on the world.

      Hiking, climbing, going to the gym, are all great things, I agree with you there – and I honestly believe this game is getting more people to do all of those things that never would have never done so otherwise, simply because you need to be walking far distances and exploring new areas in order to do well in the game.

      I think at a time when it truly feels as though the rest of the world is in shambles, and every morning we are waking up to one tragic event after another, the release of this game was exactly what we all needed in this moment, and it has honestly been something that people from all over the world can actually agree on and bond over.

      Maybe you should download it and check it out before you voice your opinion on the matter.


  2. Pokemon Go has shown me more cool things about this city than I’ve learned during seven years of living here. Even just to and from work every day on the D line I’ve seen Pokestops at fountains, museums, parks, walking trails, and art installations that I never knew were there. It’s mildly infuriating because it really highlights just how blinkered I am in my daily routine, but it’s also wonderful because now there’s a bunch of new stuff to go explore after work or on the weekend.

    It’s also a little eerie to go for a walk in the evening and end up in the park with about a hundred other young people, all of us on our phones, playing the same game; but then someone starts a conversation, and suddenly we’re all chatting and making friends. It’s surreal and wonderful and a lot of fun.

  3. I am glad I took the time to read why people play this game.

    My concerns about distracted mobility keep me from wanting to play. These risks are real. Boston already has too many pedestrian injuries. It is a dynamic and challenging environment to negotiate for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. We need to be paying attention when walking. If the game can be played with intermittent screen checks while a player steps off the main path to avoid impeding foot traffic, then great! I have witnessed too many players engaging in risky behaviors at busy intersections during rush hour to believe the risk is worth getting involved (confirmation bias at its best).

    It is exciting to learn about players’ sense of increased socializing and exploration of historic places in their communities.

    With regard to the idea that Pokemon Go is increasing people’s activity, I question if the duration, frequency, and intensity of walking completed by players is actually reaching a threshold to be considered exercise or to have an exercise effect. A lot of studies can be designed around this. I hope someone (or multiple centers) jumps on it because we are likely going to see more and more successful AR apps like Pokemon Go.

  4. I do not like social media venues that encourage a person to be OBSESSED with something so unproductive. Do not get me wrong, I am all for a little down time or relaxation, something to fantasize and escape reality. I think it becomes destructive when all of your attention and time is directed strictly to a GAME! When it begins to interfere with productive work then like any other form of social media it is no longer a good thing. The points that were made about the danger of getting hurt, lured or your personal information stolen or accessed is simply not worth the risk.

  5. Hahha i think so,

    “People have been telling me there’s some Drowzees around. I saw one while on my way driving by, but it ran away from me so for now that’s what I’m looking for.”

  6. The game is fun. Hope no one hurt themselves while playing. Some players are suing the developers due to the game not being available most of the time.

  7. I play after teaching a class to unwind, plus I compare notes with family members. I’m not “crazed” but it’s nice to have a mental break. Also it isn’t crazy melodramatic and doesn’t punish you for turning it off.

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