By Gwyneth Allred
For over a week now legions of people ranging in age from 10-40 have had the Pokémon theme song stuck in their heads. And it’s no wonder with the intense flooding of Pokémon posts all over social media since Niantic released their new app, Pokémon Go.
Feelings towards this app are as broad as the age group playing it. Some feel it is fantastic that a video game company is encouraging physical exercise outside of the living room, while others feel it is an incredible waste of time. Many feel that it is a nuisance to see people walking around stores and graveyard just to play this game, while others some feel it is a great way to broaden gamers’ social circles by bumping into (figuratively and literally) others who are trying to catch Pokémon.
But the final consensus, mostly among the younger generation, is that all of their childhood dreams have finally come true.
To be fair, all of these opinions have some bearing. Since Pokémon Go was released, gamers have aided police by finding a missing dead body floating down a river, been robbed by teenagers who staged “Pokéstops” to lure them there, been outside in the real world walking way more than usual, caused accidents, and been shot at for trespassing on private property.
As of right now, it is very uncertain how long this craze will last, but we would like to caution to use this app wisely. It can be very tempting to catch while driving because you travel faster than on foot, but just like texting and driving this is dangerous.
Now excuse me while I catch this Eevee.