Pokemon Go players more likely to be friendly and positive, study finds


Here's a hot take: Pokemon Go is not a good video game. The lack of any meaningful progression, the bad gym battles, the bugs, and the small amount of monsters available all add up to a miserable experience. Which is why the following news is a bit surprising: according to a study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Pokemon Go players' psychological well-being was found to be much better than that of people who didn't play the game.

The study, which was conducted online about three weeks after the game's launch, surveyed about 400 people, 40 percent of whom actively played the title. Those people were found to be more likely to exercise, as well as more likely to be experiencing positive emotions. They were also friendlier, making more new friends as well as deepening old relationships. Surprisingly, people with social anxiety were also not less likely to be playing the game.

Of course, correlation does not imply causation, meaning the most likely scenario is that outgoing people were more drawn to the game, instead of than the game making people more social. Plus, the study was conducted at the peak of the game's popularity, meaning these numbers could have been reversed by now, with the only people left playing it doing so out of spite. That's our theory, anyway.

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6 Comments

1. jphiller87

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Written by the last person playing Pokemon Go.

3. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Not really, a lot of people still play the game...

2. nscian2

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

This article is highly unnecessarily bashing the game. If you're going to write about the study, write about the study. If you're going to write about how bad or good Pokemon go is then do it in a separate article. I apologize but this article just seemed very unprofessionally written.

5. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

They're just jealous that Pogo still has more active users than them

4. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

My study has found that PA has been writing a lot of unnecessary posts on an irrelevant game.

6. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

They are also more likely to be kids. And kids are usually positive.

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