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Pokemon GO good or bad for mental health? Help!


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Hello guys!

I deleted all my games for the first time yesterday, because it sucks my life and soul out of me.

But I did not delete Pokemon Go game, where in order to progress you have to go out of your house and travel where you can catch Pokemon in real places.

I thought to myself that this game sets me out to the real world, outside, I am not merely pushing buttons just by sitting, I am somehow living it. The achievements are bound to how much I travel actually. That means I never play at home anymore, just outside walking and so on.

What is your experience as a gaming quitter? What advice can you give me? Should I abandon this game or use it to be happy when the game quitting side effects are seen?

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Pretty sure anyone on this forum (including myself) would tell you not to play it at all. 

Going back to the vomit isn't going to do any good for you. 

While the game does get you to move around and get out of your home, the 'Gotta catch em all' aspect is what will spiral into addiction. 

Better to suffer through the pain of the first couple weeks going cold turkey and be free of it for the rest of your life than to continue remaining an addicted slave to any kind of game. 

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I think it makes more sense to tackle the societal aspects, rather than to ask the question "Pokemon GO good or bad for mental health?". I don't argue "walking and gaming" is a better combination than "sitting and gaming". But wouldn't it be better to just go outside to be outside? Notice the people walking about, cycling, talking... all of them the same yet different? Be in the nature for the nature, not for the game in the phone?

I'm not a fan of using the phone in public in general. It's why I've never needed mobile data; every other place I go to nowadays has a Wi-Fi if I need it anyway. Multitasking doesn't work. We can't be somewhere/do something on 100% while responding to messages every two minutes. Does having mobile data make you money? If it doesn't, why do you "need" it?

My job as a teacher is literally to be there for the students for 60/90 minutes to help them improve their English. I can afford to browse/take a break if I have online classes and I assign them some grammar exercise for 10 minutes to work on, but other than that, I have to focus and pay attention. Students are also much more likely to be distracted if it's "just" online lessons and they have to be ready to solve problems for their subordinates/bosses/customers, so some of them don't even have the luxury (one would take for granted) to just focus on English for an hour.

Manson wrote a great article about attention here, so go check it out: https://markmanson.net/attention

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On 6/9/2021 at 10:51 AM, Zuangzi said:

Hello guys!

I deleted all my games for the first time yesterday, because it sucks my life and soul out of me.

But I did not delete Pokemon Go game, where in order to progress you have to go out of your house and travel where you can catch Pokemon in real places.

I thought to myself that this game sets me out to the real world, outside, I am not merely pushing buttons just by sitting, I am somehow living it. The achievements are bound to how much I travel actually. That means I never play at home anymore, just outside walking and so on.

What is your experience as a gaming quitter? What advice can you give me? Should I abandon this game or use it to be happy when the game quitting side effects are seen?

I think you need to find something else to do in outside like volunteer people come together and cleaning parks or riding bicycle etc

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UPDATE: thanks guys, you were right. I didnt enjoy the weather, the people outside while playing. I uninstalled the game. Now I'm "gameless". I feel fine

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