Just in case you have been living under a rock, an app transposing images of pocket monsters onto real-world settings has dropped like a bomb and morphed into a worldwide phenomenon. To each their own, but human beings attempting to catch ’em all have become so deeply engrossed within ravenous hunts for pixelated creators called “Pokemon” that they have subconsciously psychologically placed themselves in an alternative reality setting full of a never-ending array of distractions.
The practical dangers and safety obstacles of the game such as distracting drivers, oncoming walkers not paying attention to the flow of traffic, and children being pulled astray from activities that serve to educate, are seemingly never-ending. The game’s tracking system encourages users to look down at their phones often to track whether they are getting closer or further away from the particular catch of the day making it incredibly easy to psychologically bypass the path ahead along with construction zones and busy streets.
Reports have already come in stating that children have broken bones and are risking injury worldwide. Also, when reality hits and you acknowledge that you live in a neighborhood where it is not safe to wander around on your cell phone because of robberies, Pokemon Go is a target and it is recommended that you attempt to remain extra safe while Pokehunting.
To top it off, there are even a variety of individuals and dedicated Pokemon trainers who have dedicated to take “catching them all” to another level by permanently tattooing their favorite animated creatures on their bodies for the rest of their life.
I understand that this game leads players to further interact with their physical environments, but I perceive that individuals priorities are skewed and there are presently less proactive addresses toward the world’s severe economic, political, racial and humanitarian emergencies which is further influencing real world consequences. Months after a massive water contamination, human beings in Flint, Michigan are *still* stripped of safe drinking water and rinsing their bodies off daily with cases of bottled water while in fear of contracting lead poisoning from showering in the Flint city water supply. Think about it; Pokemon Go has already added $7.5 billion to Nintendo market value while cost-cutting measures by unethical “leadership” continue to contaminate residents of a city, Flint, MI, where 41% live below the poverty line. 49 innocent victims recently lost their lives and 49 families lost their brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, grandchildren, etc in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S history. A gentleman and father of five who sold CDS outside of a convenience store to put food on the table for his children was *murdered* by an aggressive police officer.
Trust me, I do not have all of my sh*t together and never will. I am an overprivileged and shrewd smart** who doesn’t remotely hesitate to verbally blow a gasket or spill every single one of my internal beans on 7/7 days; and that’s A-f**ing-okay. But, with all of the present concerns amongst the human race (no, the virtual reality is not bringing society together in an effective, productive manner) I perceive that Pokemon Go further contributes to Wall Street parasites swimming in money, endangering funding for the arts and diverting attention from real world internal and external catastrophes. Gotta catch ’em all? Nah. Take this as a wake up call.