Pokémon Go has infiltrated Philly's impact community and we're all doomed - Generocity Philly

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Jul. 12, 2016 3:10 pm

Pokémon Go has infiltrated Philly’s impact community and we’re all doomed

Here's how catching 'em all translates into social impact. Just kidding.

We couldn't even muster up enough Pokémon gumption to take a screenshot of the actual game.

(Photo by Flickr user Sadie Hernandez, used under a Creative Commons license)

So here we are, reading about Pokémon Go on a local social impact news site.

Let’s get this over with.

The virtual reality app has virtually overtaken every reality, and by now, you’ve undoubtedly either played it, are playing it, downloaded it and played it for a second before deleting it, have read about it in the news, have seen your friends post about it on social media or have watched people walk into walls because they’re too busy being logged on to their mobile phones. (Related: Check out this Technical.ly Brooklyn story about an app/”participatory art project” that reminds people to take their eyes off their screens.)

At any rate, everybody’s talking about Pokémon Go and everybody has been exposed to it. Philadelphia’s impact community is no exception. Just ask GreenLight Fund Executive Director Omar Woodard.

Yet, as bothersome as Pokémon Go-ers might be in real life, social impact site ATTN: reports the game is actually doing wonders for gamers’ mental health by getting people out and about. And despite the fact that Go-ers are passing up on real life to dwell inside a virtual reality app is definitely concerning, public health aficionado Briana Morgan isn’t convinced the phenomenon is drastic enough to call it a public health crisis.

Philadelphia Public Health thinks otherwise.

Some (like this reporter) are concerned the trend will impact their profession. Here’s Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia communications manager Randy LoBasso:

Others, like the Center for Resuscitation Science‘s director of innovation research Marion Leary, see the trend as an opportunity to launch a for-profit social venture.

Even Young Involved Philadelphia President Nick Marzano has been sucked into the Pokémon Go craze.

Though, and perhaps unsurprisingly, Marzano remains focused on boosting Millennial votes.

And then there’s Mayor Jim Kenney, who looks like he’d rather be doing literally anything other than posing for a picture with a virtual monster.

Regardless, the community asked, and the community has received.

Now, let’s all get back to discussing important things like impact investing and evidence-based models for reducing recidivism rates.

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