Is Pokémon Go Too Risky?

Within days of its release, Pokémon Go became the biggest mobile game ever in the United States and the app continues to grow in popularity. The premise—to catch, battle, and train virtual creatures called Pokémon—is not much different than any number of video games. But the game, which is played using a smartphone, is connected to the real world through the phones' GPS and mapping technology.

Proponents of the game say it’s good: players have to leave their couches (and their homes) and head out into their local area to "find" Pokémon. Another potential benefit is that Pokémon Go encourages social interaction among people playing in the same area. A game that gets people out and walking and talking just has to be good for health, right? Not so fast.

What hasn’t been good is that people are not always paying attention when they play, which has led to a number of injuries. Playing while driving has also been reported, which needless to say, is very dangerous. So grab your phones and your family and friends and head out into your neighborhood—but don't trespass and make sure to pay attention to your surroundings on your way to becoming a Pokémon master.

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Sourced from: MNT, Pokémon Go: Healthful or deadly?