Go" fanatics, rejoice! Your collection addiction may pay
off in the long run, in the form of a longer life.
if you keep playing at the same frenetic pace — for the rest
of your life.
at Stanford University and Microsoft just came out with a
study that found that "Pokémon Go" significantly
increased physical activity levels for die-hard players —
many of whom were not active before they started playing the
wildly popular game. In fact, engaging in the
scavenger-hunt-type game led to a more than 25 percent
increase in players’ activity levels over 30 days.
researchers estimated, adds up to an extra 41 days of life
expectancy for players ages 15 to 49 who keep up their
addictive habit of searching for and catching virtual Pokemon
characters as they walk around with their mobile phone game.
the short time span of the study, we estimate that ‘Pokémon
Go’ has added a total of 144 billion steps to U.S. physical
activity," the researchers said in the study.
"Furthermore, ‘Pokémon Go’ has been able to increase
physical activity across men and women of all ages, weight
status and prior activity levels showing this form of game
leads to increases in physical activity with significant
implications for public health."
connection between exercise and reduced risk of chronic
diseases such as heart disease and diabetes is
well-documented. Still, many adults and children are not
getting the recommended amounts of physical activity to
maintain a healthy weight and ward off future diseases.
are other mobile health apps that set out to prod people to
become more active. But so far, they haven’t been able to
reach the people who most need it — the couch potato set.
study, scientists tracked people through a combination of
wearable sensor data and search engine logs for 32,000 users.
researchers acknowledged the challenge of keeping people
engaged for years in a game that already is showing signs of
fading in popularity. It peaked this summer but reportedly has
had fewer players since the start of fall.