The new phenomenon to hit the app world is blowing past Tinder, Instagram, and Snapchat with the number of daily users. While currently trailing behind Twitter, it seems it won’t be long before Pokémon Go will surpass Twitter.
Pokémon Go is an app that uses the mobile phone’s GPS and clock, plus data to detect where and when you are in the game. This allows the game to make Pokémon “appear” around you (on your screen) so you can catch them. As you move, different Pokémon appear around you, but you must be looking at your phone to do this, which is a distraction.
This distraction is getting individuals into trouble as they are so glued to their phones they don’t see what is going on around them. From almost walking into oncoming traffic to those getting mugged by criminals, this game takes away an individual’s sense of awareness in their surroundings.
With push notifications when you are close to a Pokémon, individuals are getting distracted as they try to catch Pokémon while driving. Trying to play a game while driving is just as bad, if not worse, than texting and driving. Any form of distraction ups your chances for an accident, and the longer your eyes are off the road, the higher your risk for an accident.
On Twitter, users of the Pokémon Go app share photos of situations they end up in where Pokémon are spotted. For instance, one individual tweeted about being pulled over by a police officer and a Pokémon appeared next to the officer writing the ticket. For one, you shouldn’t be playing games on your phone while an officer is writing you a ticket; it is disrespectful.
Someone on Twitter warned individuals at the Grand Canyon to not play Pokémon Go as you could walk over the edge, trip, or suffer serious injury. If you are at the Grand Canyon, save your data and battery life for an emergency and take in the beauty of nature.
Pokémon Go is a distraction for more than just drivers, but it is still distracting drivers, so turn your notifications on silent. Or if you want to gain more Pokémon while driving, get a taxi or Uber and catch them while you ride!