The Pokémon GO craze has swept across the universe with profound impact on pokémon lovers of all ages. This location based augmented reality game allows players to travel between the real world and the virtual world, putting players to the very challenge of “catchin’ em all”. Whenever you see a swarm of people gathered in one location with their heads buried in their phones, chances are, a rare pokémon has shown up on the radar.
Needless to say, this highly-addictive mobile game has consumed even the best of us. According to Forbes poll, 68% of users are regularly playing Pokémon GO at work. Employers have expressed their distress with this current fascination, as it has become such a huge distraction to their employees. To be fair, working 9-5 can be such a drag, especially when it happens to be one of those days where your brain is fried with countless roadblocks ahead. You may seem busy, but let’s be honest — your brain is essentially out of commission at that point.
Studies report that taking regular breaks during the work day can improve productivity and acuity, reduce fatigue, relieve joint or muscle pain, and increase overall alertness. Despite the critics toward this phenomenon, Pokémon Go has casted a surprisingly positive impact on our team.
For those who play the game, or have basic knowledge of how the game works, players are required to walk a certain distance, ranging from 2-10 km, for their eggs to hatch and reveal a pokémon. Once an egg is in an incubator, every kilometre you walk will add towards the total needed to hatch eggs. With the sun beaming outdoors, our team took advantage of this opportunity and hit up numerous Poké Stops around town, adding some milage to our hatching eggs at the same time. Instead of going for more caffeine, this exercise got our heart rates up, caught (some of us) a Snorlax, and improved our capacity to concentrate. Although some work time was taken off, we realized that exercising actually boosted our team’s spirit and productivity as a whole.