Pokemon Go addiction, why is everyone going crazy over this augmented-reality mobile game?


Pokémon GO is so huge and hottest craze right now. As of July 8, the augmented reality smartphone game has been downloaded on more than 5 percent of all the Android phones in America — more than Tinder, according to the website-analysis company SimilarWeb. Pokémon Go’s popularity seem puzzling.

Well, after the successful launch of the game, earlier this month, Pokemon Go was suggested that it is actually beneficial for mental and physical health. This is because it was found that the game forced more people to go outside and to interact with other people, which in some cases proved to be rather beneficial as it helped people get over their social anxieties.

According to Barenholtz, “It’s doing something really that drugs do in that it’s artificially stimulating your reward centers. We’re messing around with giving ourselves stimulants and feedback that we’ve never encountered before. And just like drugs, you never know where this is going to go.” So how is this any different from video games? Turns out that the inclusion of real-life and going into the real world has an impact on it.

What really makes the game addicting?

Augmented-Reality Mobile Game
Augmented-reality, when a phone or other device shows users a video feed of the real world with text and images superimposed on top of the feed.

Pocket monster [Pokemon]
In Pokémon Go, players can see cute Pokémon [Pocket Monster] apparently hanging out in their bedrooms, on streets, and at local parks.

Combination of Reality and Fantasy
The combination of real and fantasy can be powerful—perhaps more so than virtual reality. “[Augmented reality] does not separate the user from his reality but instead uses it and realistically transforms it,” a team of American psychologists and computer scientists wrote in the journal Computers & Education in 2013. “This effect can cause a high degree of surprise and curiosity in users.”

Pokémon Go’s unique place between non-digital media and virtual reality gives it another advantage. It’s easy to try. All you need is a smartphone, gps and an internet connection.

Source: Why Is Everyone Going Crazy Over ‘Pokémon Go’?
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