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April 24 : Pokémon Go is one of the most popular games around the globe. Today, it is the favourite game of youngsters and even the older generations alike. Plus, it turns out to be that – this gaming habit has a boon attached to it.

For many this is kiddo stuff, whereas for many it may be one new gen stuff, but for a couple a researchers at the University of Tokyo feel that the world famous Pokémon Go game holds the key to a being healthy, being happy and also having fun in the right manner. Below are two interesting researches that state why Pokémon Go is good the society.

Pokémon Go: Your solution to Being Fit, Being Social!!

Research went about finding some interesting facts about Pokémon Go. According to them, this game has helped many people, especially those above 40 years of age – to stay fit, active and healthy. How could a game do this was the next question?

Pokémon Go uses Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality is a real time situation when the camera feeds in various images and data to make the experience feel so life like. This technology is used in many games and apps nowadays.

Now in the case of Pokémon Go, research findings prove that a lot of physical activity can be indulged in and it is particularly useful for players who are above 40 years of age. In the past, older people never got their hands on gaming gadgets and now they feel shy to play also.

With this game, and lots of Pokémon to catch, they may join the younger generation to catch, have fun and also exercise and run in the bargain. Once they like the game, under the pretext of exercise, they would play, walk more and use less of cars to move around.

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How about the social factor?

At the University of Columbia, the team understood that mostly introverts are attracted to video games. Whereas, while playing games like Pokémon Go, a person needs to be slightly an extrovert.

In this game, a person will be forced to get out of their comfort and secluded zone and go in search of a Pokemon. In this situation, people with stronger social skills fair better in the game.

But, as interest rises, and more collaborated efforts between extrovert and introvert players increase, the shy lot would find it less uneasy to mingle and play the game. The game is designed in such a manner that it’s first few levels, you just need to communicate to fellow players via a simple text. Later, they need to be closer to them, if the game needs to continue. So, for this, people are bound to engage in casual conversations and get friendly overtime. This would help shy people interact, fell less judged about themselves and in due course be more confident.

Sources obtained from:

https://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/focus/en/press/z0508_00028.html

https://news.ubc.ca/2017/12/12/pokemon-go-could-help-people-who-struggle-socially/

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