Forget the Naysayers: 3 Reasons Why You Should Play Pokémon Go

People started hating on Pokémon Go immediately after the app was released. They deemed it childish, or nerdy, and therefore refused to play. Those naysayers are really missing out. Here are three reasons why you should ignore their comments and immerse yourself in this popular augmented reality game.

Pokémon Go Offers Nostalgic Fun

If you’re a millennial, you probably remember coming home from school and watching Ash and Misty discover new Pokémon and train them for battle. The show was so popular that trading cards were circulated on the playground and Nintendo released several versions of the Pokémon game for Game Boy. Pokémon Go brings back a lot of nostalgia from that fun time because you can become a trainer and fill your Pokédex just like Ash and Misty.

Sure, some naysayers say Pokémon Go is childish, but if playing the game makes you happy, you shouldn’t care what others have to say about it. Pokémon Go is missing some of the elements of the original Game Boy game, such as the ability to trade Pokémon and battle your friends, but Nintendo has hinted that these updates are coming. The nostalgia is only going to get better.

Pokémon Go Gets You Up and Moving

Who cares if people think Pokémon Go is silly? It’s a better way to spend your time than sitting in front of the TV screen. Pokémon Go gets you up off the couch and moving around because you must go out into the real world to catch Pokémon. You’re even incentivized for walking further distances. For instance, you can’t hatch a Pokémon egg until you walk five kilometers.

Research from the CDC shows that Americans don’t get enough exercise. Playing Pokémon Go helps you improve this statistic and be heathier. There are lots of different ways you can spend your free time, and the best way is a matter of opinion. Combining exercise with fun sounds like a good idea. Let the naysayers sit on the couch while you drop a few pounds from all the exercise Pokémon Go helps you get.

Pokémon Go Helps You Get More in Tune with Your Community

If you want to meet new people with similar interests, Pokémon Go can lead you to the right places. Pokéstops are typically located at parks and points of interest in your community. As you go to these locations, you can meet new people and talk to them about the game. Pokémon Go has only been live for a short time, but the community is already massive. The Guardian reports that there are more daily Pokémon Go users than Twitter users.

Pokémon Go not only helps you meet new people, but you also get to explore new places. You might be lead to a building, store, park, or museum you’ve never seen before. This can help you learn all sorts of new things about your community. Naysayers say Pokémon Go is dangerous because you could end up in secluded locations, but as with anything else, you need to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to keep yourself safe. You can get in trouble whether you’re playing Pokémon Go or not.

If people don’t want to be part of the Pokémon Go craze, it’s their loss. The game will likely go in and out of popularity, like Angry Birds, Words with Friends, and Candy Crush. Enjoy the game while it lasts. Ignore the naysayers because there’s nothing wrong with playing a game that makes you happy. You gotta catch ’em all.

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