With so much bad stuff happening in the world, it’s hardly a shock that Pokmon Go has become a humongous hit.
But there’s a big draw back: distracted players are getting hurt.
The location-based game encourages users to actually get outside and the horror interact with the outside world, using an augmented reality map to catch Pokemon that are out and about in your neighborhood.
Sounds good, right?
But as the new mobile game has exploded across the United States, players are becoming so immersed in it that they’re actually getting hurt and doing stupid, unsafe things. Apparently, if the armed robbers and dead bodies don’t trip you up while playing the game, curbs, cracks in the sidewalk, and wandering into traffic will.
To be fair, the game’s maker, Niantic, Inc., does include warnings to players about being aware of their surroundings while playing the game. But that hasn’t stopped some from stumbling in epic fashion.
And while Reddit is filled with stories of users claiming to be injured by falling over things or wrecking their cars because they were so hellbent of catching a Squirtle, the Washington Post notes that a school in Arizona felt compelled to send a notice to students to be careful when walking about on campus playing the game.
And the Tennessee Highway Safety Office shared the below sign on Twitter, making sure you don’t Pokmon-and-drive.
Also, don’t go poking around police stations for PokStops. That’s probably not a good move.
Oh, and we haven’t even gotten into the darker aspects of the game, like warning children of the dangers of interacting with strangers.
Lest we think this is only an American phenomenon, rest assured, Australia has had its issues, too.
Be safe, guys.
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