Overnight Sensation ‘Pokemon Go’ is Good for Your Health But Bad for Privacy

By: | July 23rd, 2016

Image courtesy Pokémon/Nintendo

“Pokémon Go” was released in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand on July 6, 2016. Since then, the Pokemon phenomenon has dominated the news worldwide.

In this short span of time, Pokémon Go has surpassed Candy Crush to attain the most active users of any mobile game in U.S. History.

Japanese video game company Nintendo and American software Development Company Niantic Labs Inc. collaborated to develop and release this GPS-based augmented reality game.

The game is beneficial for mental health

Though the developers of ‘Pokémon Go’ never thought that the game could be beneficial for mental health, the game is encouraging people to move around… something that’s often a struggle for people suffering from depression or anxiety.

People are coming out of their homes to explore their neighborhoods to find and capture Pokémon.

One thing that you need to know about ‘Pokémon Go’

If you download the game onto your iOS or Android device and sign in using your Google account (which is the easiest way to access it), Niantic will have full access to your Google account, which might include your emails, location, photos…basically everything.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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