I went out with a friend for dinner last week, and we both bemoaned the fact we’d fallen in love with men who were playing Pokemon Go – even though they’re just playing to “see what the craze is”. While we both are rather unlikely to pick up the game ourselves, we had to concede its benefits.
“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.” – Satoru Iwata – President and CEO of Nintendo
The reason for the sudden desire to go for walks is not lost on us, and honestly we don’t care. Getting outside for a walk these summer evenings is fantastic, even though we know you’re directing us towards the next PokeStop or Level 3 Gym. The extra 3500 steps you’ve added per day since the game came out – well, those can’t be hurting either of us.
2. Vitamin D
I’ve heard the reports of the mass meetings of pale individuals suddenly leaving their basements and cubicles on a hunt for Pikachu. A little sunshine, some public art, and change of pace never hurt anyone, and if they’re able to put it away for the afternoon, they might even be more engaged at work in the afternoon.
I was overwhelmed by the amount of people playing while we walked through Prince’s Island Park yesterday. While most have their heads tucked into their phones, I was encouraged to see families excited to be spending time together on a sunny Sunday afternoon. I’ve also heard reports of others leaving their home for the first time in months to play. Being surrounded by groups of people who aren’t checking work emails can make you snicker to yourself, and make you feel like you are part of a movement bigger than yourself. Truthfully, this is amazing news for anyone experiencing lonely or depressed feelings.
As long as my boyfriend continues to hold a real conversation with me as we walk downtown, I’ll only tease him a bit for playing Pokemon Go.
[STEPS TO LIVE BETTER]
- Be smart and safe while playing!
- Continue to foster relationship with those you’re with.
- Enjoy the extra movement, interaction and vitamin D!
Karyn is a Registered Psychologist, who primarily practices from a Cognitive Behavioural perspective. She received training from Dr. David Burns, and loves collaborating with her clients to find the thoughts and actions creating obstacles in their lives, and leading them through steps to test if these thoughts and actions are true and helpful.