Why I’m Not On Pokemon GO
The day Pokemon GO came out we were at our family reunion. Most of the teens and about half the adults were chasing little critters all around the camp grounds much to the chagrin of the elder family members. Put me in with the elder group as I didn’t understand why anyone would want to run around, often running into things; only to collect an imaginary critter.
I was talked into installing the application and took turns walking around the camp ground with the little ones but I could not understand the excitement of the game. And don’t get me started on the adult children that were racing the little ones to beat them to capture the little buggers running around the camp ground!
Several months later, I am visiting the Orlando area and end up at Disney for a conference. My roommate informs me that she is well on her way to collecting all the Pokemon Go critters and that we should do it together while in the area because Orlando is a hot spot. So with the help of my friend and roommate, I gained ten levels and a bunch of little critters in my account. Woot?
Recently, when the little ones were out of school and we were able to spend more time just messing around, one of them asked me about playing Pokemon Go on my phone. Boy were they surprised when I said that it was already loaded and to have fun with it! LOL that made me a cool grandma! Yay Me!
I have to be honest here, I still know nothing about the game or real reason for chasing the little critters around the world…but it does get my little ones talking to me and that makes chasing little critters worth my time.
I do like that the system reminds you to be careful.
The stories of accidents and people wandering inside places they didn’t belong was a bit much for me!
Like this video, if it takes chasing little critters to get your tween or little ones to open up and start sharing things with you… DO IT! You will be glad that you invested the time and energy in something they are interested in doing with their spare time.
As any parent of a pre-teen knows, it’s challenging to figure out new ways to connect with them. Pokémon Go has taken over the world and some parents are struggling to understand the phenomenon. Would you be interested in checking out this new 14-minute short film (viral potential!) from filmmaker and father Brant Pinvidic? It’s called “Why I’m Not on Pokémon Go” and is a hilarious, inspiring, insightful film that tackles a father’s quest to see what all the Pokémon hype is about in order to better connect to his teen daughter. The film was inspired after he caught her sneaking out of the house at night to catch Pokémon.
Catching the little guys that pop up and scare you does have it’s attraction.
I mean throwing balls at things has always been fun..remember dodge ball? Well these little bugger try to keep you from hitting them with your ball. But when you hit them, they are captured (usually, sometimes they break out and you have to catch again) for points and to add to your collection.
And then you earn points and other prices depending on their worth.
Good luck being able to stay off Pokemon Go if you have a little one that is into it. Don’t fight it, sign up and go out together in search of those little buggers. You will always enjoy the time spent with your child (or husband, friend, etc).