5 Reasons Pokémon GO Is Making You A Better Person
It’s been 1 month since Pokémon GO first entered our lives and completely took over. No longer was it a game for kids or adults who refused to grow-up, but now everyone and their mom is playing. But it wasn’t until recently that I noticed Pokémon GO has been secretly making me adopt better habits. Reshaping me in its own image, like some kind of digital Jesus. Starting by doing what the United States has avoided for over two centuries.
1. Learn The Metric System
Quick, how many miles are in 5km? Answer, 3.107 miles. How do I know that? Because I wanted to hatch an egg and I needed to know how much to walk. The United States is one of three countries that don’t use the metric system. Myanmar and Liberia being the other two. Here in the states we’ve avoided the metric system like vaccinations and gluten, leaving it only to scientists and drug dealers. Now everybody’s doing conversions in their head like we’re counting cards at a blackjack table. It might not seem like a big deal, but here it’s huge. And speaking of huge…
2. It’s Fighting Obesity
Obesity isn’t just an American problem. Many countries are having fat citizens. Or should I say they will have had fat citizens. Pretty soon everyone is going to be a lean, mean, Pokémon catching machine. Why? Because we have to catch’em all. I’ve walked over 120km (74.5 miles) since I started playing the game. And the only reason I know that is because I got a medal for it. That’s 120km more that I never would’ve walked. All because I wanted to hatch my eggs and catch more Pokémon. But it doesn’t end there. You can’t just walk around in a circle like an idiot, you have to…
I remember as a kid going outside to play. Then video games happened and suddenly my outdoor excursions became less frequent and I know I’m not the only one. Everyone both adult and kid alike are spending more time indoors. Not anymore. People are going out all hours of the day and night to catch Pokémon or to take over the Gyms. Hell, I’ve gone to the beach more times to catch Pokémon than I ever have in my entire life combined. I have a damn tan now. I’ve even started…
4. Meeting New People
With the advent of the Internet, social interaction is becoming less, well… social. What with online shopping, Netflix binge watching, online gaming, and social media, meeting people in real life has become so 1999. Yet people everywhere are suddenly talking to new people and building brand new and very real relationships. Pokémon is even helping people get dates and even helping people with crippling social anxieties get out there.
Which is impressive in itself, until you realize we can be used as…
5. The Ultimate Resource
Ever since Pokémon GO was released, we’ve turned into Christopher Columbus, exploring new areas in the hopes of finding some new rare Pokémon. People are going out of their way to go to different places just to level up. There have already been reports of people stumbling onto dead bodies while playing the game. Now you might be asking yourself, how does that make us the ultimate resource? Simple, Pokémon GO can now direct a massive amount of people wherever they want.
Imagine a child gone missing somewhere and they need volunteers for the search party. All Pokémon GO has to do is put out and alert for a Mew and I guarantee that area will be swarmed with people looking for Pokémon and will stumble on the missing person in ten minutes. Need people to protest something? No problem. Put out a sighting for legendary bird and everyone will show up. In a few updates, we might be able to start toppling governments.
It’s actually quite impressive when you think about it. One small game has completely changed the status quo. Creating a phenomenon out of thin air. Maybe this is how the machines take over like in The Matrix. Whether it’s for better or worse only time will tell. Perhaps when the Pokémon theme was referring to “be the very best”, it was referring to being the very best person we can be. Or not. I don’t know. I’m gonna go outside and catch’em all.