A new study has given the already millions of Trainer playing Pokemon GO another reason to catch ’em all, because playing Pokemon GO makes you a nicer person.
The study which was conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that playing Pokemon GO made people more upbeat, friendly, cheerful, and optimistic. The study started 3 weeks after the launch of the popular mobile game back in July 2016 and looked at 400 people of which 40% were playing Pokemon GO. The study found that the people playing Pokemon GO generally have improved well-being thanks to factors like “nostalgic reverie, friendship formation, friendship intensification, and walking“.
The author of the study, James Alex Bonus, explains why playing Pokemon GO could have sch postive effects of players’ lives:
The more people were playing Pokemon GO, the more they were engaging in behaviors that reflected making new connections – making Facebook friends, introducing themselves to someone new, exchanging phone numbers with someone, or spending more time with old friends and learning new things about them.
Bonus goes on to explain that the movitation behind studying the (possibly) positive effects of playing Pokemon GO was because of all the bad press the mobile game was getting.
There was plenty of negative press about distracted people trespassing and running into trees or walking into the street. But you also saw people really enjoying it, having a good time together outside.
This study is especially interesting in that it forcused on the physicalogical effects of playing Pokemon GO, where as the other studies mainly focused on the physical effects the popular mobile game has on its players.
We don’t look at media this way that often, but maybe we should,” he says. “We often focus on media violence and aggression and hostility, but there are opportunities where media is contributing to good life experiences.
With Niantic claiming that 65 million people are playing Pokemon GO regularly and that the game has been downloaded more than 650 million times, it’s exciting to see such positive results the game could possibly have on players.
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