Pokemon Go or Pokemon No?

We have all heard about Pokemon Go, the exciting new app game where you use your GPS to catch Pokemon.

It’s easy and entertaining, what could go wrong? Well, the latest game is causing some serious issues which could potentially affect the students at MCTC.

Let’s start off where it all began, Pokemon. If you grew up knowing about it (all ’90s kids), then the idea of an app where you can actually interact and catch Pokemon is mind blowing. According to Recode, there are 9.5 million daily users.

Is this just a simple way to have fun? Think again- it’s a way to take your money with in-app purchases and waste your time. “I just spent $9.99 on 1200 pokecoins and I hate myself” via @naafiyaa98 on Twitter. This is just one of the hundreds of tweets I’ve seen of people complaining about in app purchases on Pokemon Go.

The more hours you spend on the game you level up and get more Pokemon. There are so many productive things you could be doing instead of wasting your life on this game. Learn another language, socialize, do your homework, pick up extra hours at work…literally anything else. People are skipping out on hanging out with friends and having quality time with them. I have personally noticed how anti-social people can get while using the app and how they can only focus on playing. It is concerning.

There are far too many more negatives than positives to playing Pokemon Go. The wasted money and time isn’t even the worst part about it.

There have been robberies, stabbings, attempted kidnappings and careless driving because of the game. According to CNN News Missouri police reported armed robbers were using the app to lure in victims to steal from in secluded places. Daily Mail brought attention to another case, in which Michael Baker was stabbed while playing and kept catching Pokemon even though he was injured. These are just a few examples of the many cases that have been occurring, none of which we want happening any where near our campus.

Catching Pokemon may be fun, but your safety is more important. Students at MCTC should be aware of the consequences that can come with playing.

The app is taking over player’s lives and brains. It’s also causing car accidents and road offenses. Daily Mail shows a severe case in which a 5 year old girl from Pennsylvania got hit by a car while walking onto a busy highway while playing the game. The victim’s mother warned others on the dangers of the game. “Parents, don’t let your kids play this game because you don’t want to go through what I went through last night. I really thought I was losing my daughter.” via Pop Sugar.

Like everything else, Pokemon Go will fade out and lose popularity when the next big app comes out. Until then, is playing it really worth it? I’m going to go ahead and say Pokemon Go is a definite no.

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