There’s a very little chance you haven’t heard of Pokemon Go or witnessed strangers (and your friends and co-workers) chasing around, trying to catch a character. And though we already called it as a health benefit, there’s officially a study to prove our prediction. Texas A&M University pin-pointed real life positive health consequences of playing the viral game.
And seriously, these health benefits are legit.
Matt Hoffman, DNP, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Nursing, is all for everyone jumping on the Pokemon Go bandwagon. Their recent study shares some pretty killer benefits that go well beyond just getting off the couch and adding more steps to your day. (Though that’s cool, too.)
Here’s what they found:
Sense of community
“There is a sense of community when trainers converge in search of Pokémon, or when they gather together at Pokéstops,” Hoffman said. “The game is bringing people together, providing opportunity for social interaction and increasing our sense of belonging, which can have a positive impact on our emotional and mental health.”
It’s also helping to bridge all these generational gaps when it comes to technology. Everyone is curious. Everyone is playing.
Teaching and learning
This game is leading people to new areas that they may not have visited before, leaving them to ask questions and step outside their comfort zones. And let’s face it – when was the last time that a game actually leads us to meet new people outside of the computer? It’s been a while!
There is a sense of security that comes with “safety in numbers” when playing this game. People are getting out and working together to discover the rarest Pokemon. Even though it’s fun – and beneficial! – to explore and try new things, you have to be mindful of where you are. “We often hear of people falling off curbs or sustaining injuries as a result of staring at their phones and not paying attention to their surroundings,” Hoffman said. “It’s good to always keep safety and best practices in mind.”
Now, we’re just waiting for the first Pokemon love story where two strangers bumped into each other and boom! – caught their match.