Pokemon GO!

Pokemon GO!

Pokemon GO!

When you're out and about, chances are good that you'll see people walking around playing Pokémon Go on their phones. The best estimate is around 9.5 million people are leaving the comforts of home and braving the intense summer heat to play this game on a daily basis.

Some complain about the gaming app for various reasons - people coming on private property, those who are distracted and walk into crowded intersections, the driver who hit a parked police cruiser while trying to catch Pokémon, and those who are distracted at work. But, it seems there are some real positive outcomes for people, thanks to Pokémon Go.

For example, one mother encouraged her son to exercise for years, but to no avail. The first day he played the game, he walked 4 1/2 miles. Another mother shared this on her Facebook page:

"I finally introduced Ralphie to Pokémon Go tonight. She was right. This thing is AMAZING. After he caught his first one at the bakery, he was shrieking with excitement. MY AUTISTIC CHILD IS SOCIALIZING. Talking to people. Smiling at people. Verbalizing. Participating in pragmatic speech. With total strangers.”

Who knew that a game app would end up bringing so many benefits to people? Doctors have been trying for decades to convince people to stop being couch potatoes. Many parents have been trying to figure out ways to help their children engage with others. Neuroscientists have been saying that, in order for their brains to function best, people need to get outside, take in the fresh air and see the real world.

Those who play the game are talking about how many miles they walked, how many Pokémon they caught and the things they have seen that they had no idea existed until now. The app has the potential to bring about massive change in the areas of socialization, exercise and enjoying nearby surroundings.

An additional benefit is it doesn’t matter how old you are. Everybody can play, so it could be a great way for parents, grandparents and children or teens to play together. Make it a family outing. There truly is something engaging and energizing when you are interacting and playing with your children.

It’s also a great way to get a walk in without having officially exercise. Plus, it allows you to connect with your kids and do something they enjoy. The game also lends itself to visiting sites around town which allows everybody to learn something new.

Not surprisingly, research indicates families who play together experience greater emotional bonding and cohesion within the family, which leads to a higher level of connectedness between family members. This is a good thing, especially during the teen years when parents often find it difficult to connect with their teenager.

The adventures a family can have playing Pokémon Go are rife for creating great memories. If you aren’t sold yet, have your kids teach you how to play. The fun you have may surprise you.