Pokémon Go is the latest app craze that is sweeping the nation! Children and adults alike are enjoying the game that combines the virtual world of Pokémon with real life places. For those unfamiliar, Pokémon Go is an app that makes players visit specific locations to catch Pokémon, which appear to spawn in the real life environment. You can collect items in the game by visiting Pokéstops, battle your Pokémon against others at Gyms, and hatch Pokémon by walking certain distances. Not only is Pokémon Go fun, but evidence shows that it may actually be good for you! Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. It Gets You Moving

Unlike most video games or cell phone apps, users of Pokémon Go gain in game rewards for walking distances of 2, 5, or 10 kilometers out in the real world. Also, users are encouraged to go out and interact with the outside world by visiting various locations that host Pokéstops or Gyms. Pokémon also spawn in the wild, and the app has a tracking system that helps users walk around in real life in order to find the virtual Pokémon. Getting users up and moving is a huge part of Pokémon Go, and the increased activity has a positive effect on users by making them more active!

  1. Encourages Social Interaction

Although there are many ways one can interact with others while playing a video game, users of Pokémon Go are encouraged to interact socially in a way like no other. Due to the fact that the game is location based, users actually have to leave their homes and physically go somewhere to play certain aspects of the game. When they do so, they are often surrounded by other users and are able to bond over Pokémon! For people who may be shy or socially awkward, the benefits of fitting in with a crowd that shares your interests can reap amazing rewards!

  1. May Help Fight Depression

The sense of community that Pokémon Go creates amongst its players is astounding, and for those with that suffer from depression, the app may actually improve symptoms. Although nothing is a substitute for proper mental health care, anecdotal evidence suggests that the interacting with others in a positive environment helps fight depression.

  1. Brings Families Together

Parents and children have been bonding over the game since its inception. The interactive nature of the game is a great way to get the kids out of the house and to the local park, while also having fun! Pokémon Go helps create great family moments while also encouraging the whole family to be active.

  1. Help Children’s Development

The strategic nature of Pokémon Go may actually help young children develop imperative cognitive skills. Although the game has not been out long enough for scientific study linking Pokémon Go to improved cognitive skills, many people suggest that the problem solving strategies in the game could show improvement in academic performance!