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This Is Why Pokemon Go Is Absolutely Ruining Our Children

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed recently, but there is a ridiculous number of people playing this new game on their phone, called Pokemon Go. Essentially, its a type of game played on your phone that is similar to geocaching where you can go around and find objects and add them to your collection. The silly part is that these objects are Pokemon. Remember those trading cards with all the weird creature names? Yep, that’s the one.

This game is absolutely ruining our children.

Exploring neighborhoods

I have no idea why they would do this, but in my neighborhood alone there are always a half dozen kids or so walking around playing this game. They have been going to the park, climbing rocks, and circling around the block chasing these little creatures. It simply makes no sense at all.

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Connecting with people outside of their peer group

I encountered this one myself. I was checking out the whereabouts of a Jinx and some random kid was clearly trying to chase down the same guy. Being the forgiving person I am, I offered up the info that I’d just captured it just a driveway over.

Another time, I was at MSUM waiting for my daughter to get out of her camp and some college kids had the gall to put up lures right there in the middle of campus. While I waited I sat there and they were forced to talk to me as I asked questions about what level they were currently at and if they had any good guys pop up in the area.  The one girl even mentioned her mom was about my age. Wow.

Using their imaginations

Here’s one that really gets my goat. These kids are acting like they are legitimately chasing down real creatures! And then they proceed to battle them and get all excited when they take over a gym. Hello?  Don’t they realize this is all fake?

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Getting creative

And along with the previous point, I’ve been seeing people get all crazy with taking photos of the character they are trying to defeat. In all sorts of places that are totally inappropriate.  Like this one here, which I took while I was the doula for a mom giving birth. Very inappropriate, don’t you agree?  I mean, she WAS in the bathroom. And her photographer did think it was a pretty darn lucky snapshot I got.

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Being physically active

And the end all & be all of them all. I simply do not understand why any sane parent would allow their child to ride their bike outside around or go walking around with their friends hunting these things down when they could be sitting at home watching TV instead. I mean, me personally, went from averaging about 6,500 steps on my fitbit to no less than 10k each day now that I’ve been playing this game.

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Don’t worry folks, in a few weeks your kids will be back in school sitting at desks like they ought to be. Or as the fad fades, they’ll just go back to the basement and pick up where they left off on Minecraft.

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Postscript- Mystic (blue) is the best team, in case you were wondering.

Brandi is a childbirth educator and birth doula living in West Fargo, ND. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, knitting and filling up her craft room with new projects when she isn’t helping families create their birth experience. You can find her actively posting on Facebook & Instagram. #dayspringdoula #xanandali

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