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Pokemon GO: The Good, Bad, and UGLY (My Pokemon Adventure)

Pokemon GO recently released and don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the game. However, is it really all good?

Yes, my step count has increased. People are excited to get outside and move.  Mental health has even shown to improve in some.

But we’ve also seen increase in car accidents and  even robberies set up around Poke Stops.

There is the good and the bad… but what about the ugly?

Have you actually gone on a walk due to Pokemon GO (or since it’s release) and noticed everyone’s heads are just in the phones?

This is much more than the normal as well. I just went out on a walk down to the river tonight.

It was a hot summer night with a slight cool breeze. Sun was setting, leaving the sky slightly warm. I walked by a train car that is set up as a sign. It’s such a rustic neat site. Pokemon GO thought so too. Of course, I collected my various treats but also marveled at the art created from something that would’ve been scrapped.

I walked further over the grass. Where people would normally be playing with their kids or walking their dogs… they were all swarmed in clusters with their heads down. No one saw me except the few who looked up and glared as I smiled towards them. No one was actually moving. Everyone was just… sitting on their phones.Resized_20160712_200640

I walked down to the water and took in a deep breath. Have you ever smelled the air by water? It is so refreshing. I took in every little thing I could. The bridge to my right and even the music pavilion behind me. The water glittered in front of me. Nature was everywhere in its own little ways.

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Panorama I attempted to capture on my adventure

 

After taking in the nature and the wonderful world we live in, I glanced at my phone. I got my goodies from the PokeStop behind me and then caught two Pokemon on the water.

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My reason for going out, just like many others’, was for PokemonGO… but I stayed for the glory of nature, not because there were pink leaves dancing around me.

I really hope others are getting the enjoyment from new adventures as much as I am. Please, take advantage of your adventures, not just the Pokemon.

Be safe on your Pokemon journeys.

 

Keep calm, stay epic,

Kayla

  • I had been getting out more and going for walks/jogs before Pokemon Go, but now I’m out even more. While before it was about 2-3x a week I have gone for a walk almost everyday. So that’s a plus. I do see what you mean about people being consumed with the game and not noticing their surroundings. I’m sorta an outdoors person already so I try to always take it all in and take pictures.

    • It definitely gives me a reason to go out more or to just walk a little further to hit a PokeStop. That’s so awesome that you’re getting out. I’d love to challenge everyone to talk at least ONE picture of the nature around them on their PokeWalks. It’s so beautiful out. Pokemon GO also showed me parts of an area I take walks on my lunch that I never knew about.
      It’s so sad that others aren’t enjoying it though… nor being 100% safe.

  • Every time I’ve gone out the people I’ve seen on their phones haven’t been entranced or hostile. They’re just a gaggle of people hanging out and while they have their phones out they’re still conversing and smiling and laughing together. I’ve already had approximately a hundred random conversations in the last week just from encountering other Pokemon Go players while out and about. I think everyone will respond differently as they do to everything, but most will be chill about it. Unfortunate that people would use the app to take advantage of others, but hopefully people won’t go out alone in the middle of the night for a Pokemon now that they know.

    • I’m glad your experience was better than mine with random people… It wasn’t loud… and any time people looked up it was with a glare as if no one else should be there. It was like cliques vs. a single person. It was extremely weird. Hopefully people will keep with the buddy system and are careful about going out in the middle of the night (like 3am). Stay safe out there!

  • I think that there is some good, bad, and ugly in all situations. I, myself, am trying to look at the positives of the game. It HAS gotten people out of the house and out moving more. With that, people are making connections with other players. And hopefully there are more people like you (and me) who aren’t just staring at their phone, but enjoying being out in nature. I don’t personally stare at my phone when I’m out hunting Pokemon. I just listen for the little indicator that there is one around or wait for the vibrate. Lets not let the few bad eggs taint everything.

    • Oh absolutely. I get that completely. It’s great all of the good that it’s brought. I just hope that people start loving their surroundings more or just are safer. I really hope that when the hype dies down… that they don’t just lock themselves inside again. I just leave my phone in my hand waiting for it to vibrate or have my camera out.

      Just put the bad eggs in the incubator and hope they’re a pikachu ;))

  • I tend not to stay still for too long playing the game, keeps me moving around that way. Hopefully the Pokémon GO Plus accessory helps with the looking at phones forever issue. We’ll have to see.

    • That’s good! I wonder how many people will actually buy it. Ironically a coworker just drove past as I was walking back to work and told me she was too lazy to walk. Sigh.

  • Like all people, I think different people will handle it in different ways. Some will definitely be the grumps who are just there for goods. But I hope a lot more people will be like you and really enjoy the time! We recently drove to a big park, and there were a ton of Pokemon Go players. Yes, we were on phones, but everyone was chatting, cheering when they caught Pokemon & pointing people in the direction of ones they didn’t have, and having fun battling at the park’s gym. And most of them didn’t know each other. It was really nice to see, a kind of camaraderie among the players that otherwise wouldn’t have interacted. I completely agree though that when you go out, you should take in more than just the screen. I hope people are paying attention to that, and relishing the time outside!

    • I know there’s more out there that are enjoying it just as much, maybe even more. That’s great! Sounds like you all have a wonderful time. I’m really glad you enjoyed your time and surroundings. (:

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    I’ve started walking more since the game came out. But when I see other people out, normally in groups, everyone is chatting and being nice. I even had someone tell me where to find a random Pokemon. I’m sure some people are still all about themselves, but those people are probably like that without the game. But I agree, I hope that people are learning more about the area around them and finding new spots to check out!

    • By no means are all the people loners and all by themselves, but mostly are in groups. They just didn’t seem so keen on OTHER people. It was just odd and surreal. I hope your adventures are safe!

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  • Thankfully so far my experience has been people chatting and sharing where to find Pokémon, but I have definitely seen pics of all these people mesmerized by their phones. I am getting out and walking more, but I’m also more tethered to my phone now because I want to catch them all. Definitely have to find a good balance.

    • I’m glad it seems like everyone else is having better experiences. Maybe part of mine is also because I get extremely nervous around crowds. Who knows. Balance is needed in everything and I guess it doesn’t really matter as long as you’re playing safely (and enjoying the sights<3).

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