Is Pokémon Go Really Making You Walk More?

By now, we all know about the cultural and international phenomenon of Pokémon Go.

With all the gamers on Pokémon Go wandering around cities and towns trying to catch Pokémon, people are beginning to wonder if its changing people’s behavior.

In other words, is Pokémon Go really making you, or your gamer friend, walk more?

The results are in and the answer is yes!

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We figured this out by analyzing Spire user stats from the pre-Pokémon Go world and post-Pokémon Go domination.

For Males younger than 30, Activity streaks were up by 25%! This was the largest increase in all Spire user groups. Females younger than 30 were up by 12%. Overall, there was a 9% increase in Activity streaks among all Spire users.

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Depending on how long Pokémon Go stays popular, we are sure that Activity streaks will continue to rise. Whether you like the game or are over everyone talking about it on the internet, you have to admit that Pokémon Go did humans a solid by enticing us to go out and walk!

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“Instead of passively sitting in front of a screen, Pokémon Go has inspired us to beat the streets, log miles through the urban terrain, set records with our Fitbits, and generally applaud ourselves for the massive collective outburst of healthy activity. But are we really getting the full mental benefits of a leisurely stroll?”

http://qz.com/732553/neuroscience-says-pokemon-go-creates-the-opportunity-to-improve-brain-health-but-youre-too-distracted-to-do-it/

Article posted today by Colin Ellard, Neuroscientist at the University of Waterloo.

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