‘Pokémon Go’ Helping Parents Bond With Children

While some of us believe that technology has widened the communication gap between human beings, the new reality game ‘Pokémon Go’ has just proved us wrong. According to a recent study, parents who play ‘Pokémon Go’ with their children spend more time with their family and live a healthy life.

‘Pokémon Go’ is a location based reality game in which players capture fictional characters from the Japanese Pokémon franchise on mobile devices and smart phones by finding them in real world locations. Lead author Kiley Sobel from University of Washington said “Location-based augmented reality games are pretty different than sitting in front of a TV or playing a typical video game, so we were interested in the way kids and their parents were sharing those experiences together”.

Researchers from the University of Washington interviewed and surveyed parents who play ‘Pokémon Go’ with their families. Some parents admitted that they prefer the interactive and mobile nature of ‘Pokémon Go’ rather than more sedentary forms of screen time. Parents also appreciated how the game not only helped them to spend more quality time with their children by talking more than usual about the game and various topics, but also helped them and their children to go outside and exercise in ways that were convenient and healthy.

Most parents had safety concerns about their children playing this game, from children not paying attention to where they were going to interacting with strangers. However this issue was mitigated as parents imposed a few rules on the game, such as requiring younger children to play only on their parent’s devices and not allowing older children to travel more than a certain distance from their home.  However overall most parents said that the game really benefited them in a number of ways.

-    Akhila Kakarala with inputs from http://www.gadgetsnow.com
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