Pokémon Go is the latest app to take the world by storm – and by that of course I mean, it’s helping Google-owned Niantic stock to skyrocket in value.
They do need the money, after all.
But with the app’s ability to bring people together in droves, it’s plain to see that Pokémon Go has far more influence over us and our behaviours than even the game’s developer’s probably realised.
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I’ve got to say: some of these influences are nothing but negative.
People are reportedly spending hours per day chasing little digital critters around their city instead of working; some are being lured into dodgy areas; and many are taking other stupid real-world risks in the pursuit of the ideal catch.
One Aussie has even lost his job because of Pokémon Go!
But there is a sweeter side app gaining popularity, too.
With millions of people interacting with the game globally, it has quickly become a daily obsession for millions – so it’s unsurprising that the latest innovation to compliment the Pokérage is the Pokédate.
This newly-developed app allows for people to arrange dates with other wannabe Pokérs.
Considering that millions of people were willing to forgo their personal data in order to play the game, it’s not all that hard to believe that people would entrust their love life to Pokémon as well.
If you’re a Juliet looking for a Romeo, Pokédate invites you to fill in a questionnaire in order to find the best catch – I mean, match – then offers some potential suitors based on similar hobbies and complimentary personality traits.
The application arranges for meet-ups to take place within either a mutually convenient gym or Pokéstop, where you can bond over your mutual love for this all-encompassing game, among other things.
At first I was all prepared to rubbish this idea, but it actually seems like a pretty useful icebreaker.
And at the end of the day, it makes for a fairly awesome dinner party story.
“How did you meet your wife?”
“Well, we were both hunting for Pokémon in Broadbeach and before you know it, we were getting a drink…”