Seven reasons a GP is excited about Pokemon Go?

You may have been noticing people acting rather strangely this week. Why are that couple walking on the patch of grass next to the Tesco that leads no where? Why are those teenagers hanging around outside the church next to the surgery? Are there more families walking around together in the sun? And why are they all holding mobile phones in their hands

Fortunately, it seems nearly everyone knows the answer. My 60 year old parents, my eight year old nephew, the practice manager and and the patients all know.

They are all playing Pokemon Go.

A new and addictive mobile game which has taken the world by storm. It is giving us all one of those rare shared cultural moments when everyone, young and old, have something in common to talk about.

“It is perhaps the first game to implement mixed reality

 

Pokemon Go has had more active users than Twitter, and replaced “porn” as the most searched term on Google, this week.

A patient told me about Pokemon Go in clinic this Tuesday. “My autistic son wanted to get up and go out of the house. He never wants to do that.”

Interestingly, Pokemon Go is also receiving praise for having a positive impact on people’s mental and physical health.

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So what is Pokemon Go and why am I excited?

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