Being a lawyer usually doesn’t allow me enough time to keep up with popular video games, but recently even I have noticed the astonishing trend of people playing Pokemon Go. If you don’t know what it is, USA Today recently wrote about what Pokemon Go is, and what you need to know about the game.
In short, what has peaked my interest in this phenomenon is not the game, but some of the dangers I have been reading about as it relates to the gameplay aspect of Pokemon Go. Before you accuse me of being a stuffy, over-protective lawyer please know that there are countless instances of people being injured while playing, and each day since its release, news headlines tout the dangers people have experienced while playing this innocent game.
The New York Post recently published an article about real world injuries suffered by distracted game players. Even worse, Pokemon Go is even contributing to criminal activity in some areas of the country. The O’Fallon Missouri Police Department recently posted on their Facebook page that there is reason to believe criminals are using the app to lure victims to certain places while playing the game with the intent to rob the unsuspecting players.
What really peaked my interest in Pokemon Go occurred as I was driving through Overton Square, here in Memphis, a few days ago. I was in the car with my daughter and noticed a young lady wander into the street while looking at her phone, completely unaware of passing vehicles and her surroundings. Assuming she was texting while walking I mumbled a few choice words to myself and waited for her to pass. It was then that my daughter noticed she wasn’t texting, but was engrossed in playing Pokemon Go on her phone.
As we previously noted in an earlier blog post, using your phone can present many dangers if you are not aware of your surroundings. As silly as it may sound, cell phones are becoming the primary cause for a majority of accidents and injuries. Using your cell phone while driving and becoming engrossed in checking email or texting while walking go hand in hand in that they can lead to serious injuries directly related to the distraction they present.
I realize that injuries related to Pokemon Go are probably rare, but it is interesting to explore this pop culture phenomenon and how it affects players. With all of the distractions now available to consumers, whether driving or walking, it is a good time to remind people to be aware of others and their surroundings.
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Have fun in your Pokemon Go adventures, and be safe!