The newest craze to hit the mobile world is the Pokémon Go app for iPhone and Android. This new game (based off the popular franchise that hit the United States over a decade ago) is interactive version featuring live feed maps where users search for and locate Pokémon scattered throughout the world.
This seeming fun and interactive game is certainly people making people get up and move; however it is also creating serious cause for concern. Since the games release on July 6, 2016 the app has been downloaded 7.5 million times! This new app has gained a great deal of attention from the media, but not everything has been positive. There have been reports all over the country on how this interactive game has caused major accidents. The game has its users wandering into traffic as they are sucked into the virtual world and away from reality. There was a report of a 26-year-old in Massachusetts who caused one of the worst highway accidents only two days after the apps release when he stopped in the middle of the road to catch a Pokémon! According to news reports this type of incident could happen in our own backyard. There have already been reports of cars stopping in the middle of the road to try and catch a Pokémon that appears on the app; which leads to traffic delays and potential auto accidents.
The same goes for those who are getting their “steps in” so that they can hatch their eggs and visit all the local “Pokestops” in their area. When using the app they are looking at their phone instead of paying attention to the world around them. Along with the traffic issues, users are also trying to catch their Pokémon while biking or skateboarding around town. Please do not be the next news story and pay attention to your surroundings! The app has a disclaimer in the beginning warning users to stay alert, but they are not following through.