A new study released by the research journal JAMA Internal Medicine reveals statistically what we may have suspected since the unveiling of Pokemon Go several months ago: It poses a safety risk to drivers and pedestrians.
In the augmented reality game, players have to move in order to propel their avatar forward in the game. Then, players collect rewards for “catching” Pokemon figures that are placed in real-world locations. It’s fair to say that the game incentivizes physical activity – and this is a good thing. However, it can be dangerous if either:
- Drivers are using their cars to search for Pokemon;
- Pedestrians aren’t being mindful of their surroundings as they move through traffic.
Whatever health effects the game may espouse are negated by the risk of serious injury in these scenarios. Continue reading