Playing Pokémon Go has health benefits too, says Study

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The augmented reality (AR) based smartphone game Pokémon Go is
taking the world by storm, with gamers of all ages joining in with the Pokemon
catching fun. Now the expert in the US has found that there are health benefits
from playing the augmented Reality (AR) smartphone game.
According to the researchers, Pokémon Go stimulates
substantial amounts of physical activity in many likely-otherwise sedentary
game players without intending to. “We might call this stealth ‘exergame’
programming and we have a lot to learn about how to achieve this!” said Tom
Baranowski, Professor of Pediatrics from
Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.
According to Matt Hoffman, clinical assistant professor at
the Texas A&M College of Nursing, this quest to “catch ’em all”
is great as it pokes people to travel across the land, searching far and wide
for a Pokemon resulting in regular
exercising.
To progress in the game, players are known as “trainers” must walk around to find and catch
Pokemon and access specific locations called Pokestops
— where Pokeballs and other useful items are collected. Poke-eggs are among the things that can be
collected at these locations.


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Getting to Pokestops,
catching different Pokemon and hatching
the Poke-eggs require a lot of walking.
If we talk about on daily basis, it is being used twice as much as the Facebook
app on Android, the popular app from Niantic Labs has the most first-week
downloads since Apple launched its iOS app store eight years ago. During its
first week, Pokemon GO users spent 75 minutes per day playing, versus only 35
minutes on the Facebook app, media reported

“I’ve spent an hour or two at a time venturing around
the community to find Pokestops. And, to
hatch one egg, a trainer must walk anywhere from one-six miles. There’s no
doubt about it, I am exercising more as a result of playing the game, and I am
enjoying it,” added Hoffman who has been affectionately dubbed the
“Pokemon Professor” by co-workers.
The augmented reality game has also become the most
downloaded mobile app in its first week of release in the history of the app
store. Researchers used the results to hypothesise that the slowed walking pace
coupled with path deviations will eventually cause a trip-and-fall accident.
Earnest refers to that research to discuss recent concerns about dangers
surrounding Pokémon GO.


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