I’m sure you’re tired of seeing Pokémon GO news and updates on your feeds. I know I’m guilty of it too. But you cannot ignore the impact it has had thus far. People are now spending more time playing Pokémon than accessing Facebook on a daily basis, amongst other stats. Whether we will still be playing it in a month’s time is to be seen. I’m not even sure if I will be; or what my limit is, or when I plan to stop.
Anyway, the reason I am writing this blog post is to let you know how it has changed everything. I mean, this is the real game changer. I’ve been playing it for over a week now, and it has somewhat changed my habits. This is what I can say so far:
- It’s the first game I downloaded on my phone after over a year (did an app clean up ages ago and my battery life won over games)
- It has changed my routine. Every time I leave the house, I hunt for Pokémon before and after whatever I’m meant to be doing.
- I have a rule of not going anywhere after gym in my gym clothes, but lately I’ve been walking around a shopping centre after gym catching Pokémon. Euw.
- I pulled over outside a local supermarket sometime back (it was quiet and near office blocks) to catch Pokémons and a security guard left what he was doing to come up and ask me what I’m doing. I’ve never had that happen to me before.
- I had a meeting last week so was dressed a bit formal in a jacket but that didn’t stop me from hunting Pokémon afterwards. It was worse because I bumped into someone I knew and for some reason was embarrassed haha (and he rolled his eyes at me!)
- At the same time while walking around the Rosebank area looking for Pokémon, I had a stranger approach me to ask if I’m playing the game. Long story short, I gave him my cell number so he could send me a Whatsapp reminder to get the direct download link for his Android device. Generally I don’t hand out my cell number (it wasn’t on my business card for the longest time when I was employed full time). So yes, I am selective about who I give it to. All it took was Pokémon Go to hand it over without thinking!
- I got annoyed that while I was trying to catch a Pokémon, someone walked in front of my camera and chased it away. How sad. Ha!
- I am guilty of driving unnecessarily to look for Pokémon nearby. I met two 18 year olds last week and we took over a gym in the area because #TeamValor FTW.
- I try to catch Pokémons in one throw now; so have quite a bit of Poké Balls.
- I’ve been living in my house since October last year and never once went to the park nearby; except to hunt Pokémon last week. So yes, I am walking around my neighbourhood now. I used an incense to attract them to me, it wasn’t a wasted trip haha!
- In case you were wondering – my battery life is NOT suffering only because I recently had my phone swapped out for a new unit by iStore. That said, I permanently have power banks in my handbag, and a car charger.
- Another important little bit of info – the app doesn’t use a lot of data. I’ve been using roughly around 12MB a day. Yes, MEGABYTES. That’s not much; at least I don’t think it is. It uses your GPS signal mainly.
Anyone else playing Pokémon Go? Has it changed your habits?
Screenshots below – I’ve evolved two of my Pokémon. And there’s proof I owned a gym:
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