In this week’s news that should have come out last calendar year, a recent study found that parents have reported benefits of Pokémon GO with their kids, aside from the obvious clout of catching ’em all.
A small-scale, qualitative survey out of the University of Washington found that parents reported spending more quality time and engaging in more conversation with their kids – in particular, fathers of girls, mothers of boys and parents of teenagers. No word in the study if parents reported the elation of hatching a fully-evolved Charizard from a 10km egg.
The results are set to be released at May’s most lit event, the Association for Computing Machinery’s CHI 2017 conference.
Parents also said in the study that they were happy that the game motivated them and their kids to get outside and exercise in a convenient way. Children were more willing to walk thousands of additional steps per day and do chores like walking the dog. Children were also excited to walk to dinner or walk to playgrounds and parks rather than be driven. One father, who clearly thought it was Exaggerate Everything Day, reported that his child lost 12 pounds playing Pokémon GO.
Some human wet blankets and hoverparents reported that they had concerns about Pokémon GO; concerned that their children would be talking to strangers or not watching where they were going while out pokéhunting. Those parents tended to put limits on the game, whether it was restricting kids to not wander too far from home, limiting in-game hours or only allowing the game on the parent’s device.
Parents also limited children from joining Team Instinct. The study doesn’t say this, but seriously, do you even know anyone on Team Instinct? Didn’t think so.