An unhealthy fixation with your smartphone can lead to disastrous consequences and Pokemon Go has taken the obsession to a new level.
As if the world needed another reason to be obsessed with their smart phones…
Just a week after the release of the new gaming app “Pokémon Go,” Nintendo is worth $7.5 billion more than it was before the game launched. And it’s no wonder as Pokémon fans across the world have apparently decided to sacrifice their social lives to spend their days off gallivanting in search of virtual pocket monsters.
And it’s all fun and games until it’s not.
As it turns out, an unhealthy obsession with the game is allegedly leading to injuries — possibly even death.
Many avid players have reported sore feet, aching ankles, sunburnt skin and headaches, even broken collarbones and barked shins — inevitable consequences of having your eyes on the screen and head in the clouds.
My brother went to catch a Pokémon and ended up with a sprained ankle. It's only been like 3 days since Pokémon Go.— Rawtasia Vucakic (@itsjustmerabia) July 11, 2016
My first pokemon go injury lmao. My depth perceptionless ass walked into a bench corner pic.twitter.com/pzvaxGn7uf— ro(f)lal (@mathemagicks) July 11, 2016
Is there such thing as a Pokemon Go hangover? Because I think I have one. Sunburnt neck, sore feet, and 0 Pokeballs in my inventory.— James Shields (@shieldsjames) July 11, 2016
#PokemonGO gave me a walking cramp— ky (@_kmischler) July 8, 2016
I got a sunburn on my neck. Thanks, Pokemon Go, you sexy piece of shit I love you.— Rae (@sgtbrightside) July 11, 2016
Mike Shultz, a 21-year-old college graduate in Long Island cut his hand after he tripped from his skateboard and hit a large crack on the sidewalk.
“I just wanted to be able to stop quickly if there were any Pokémons nearby to catch,” Schultz said. “I don’t think the company is really at fault.”
Kyrie Tompkins, 22, fell down the sidewalk and sprained her ankle while looking for Pokémons in downtown Waterville, Maine, on Thursday.
“It vibrated to let me know there was something nearby and I looked up and just fell in a hole,” Tomkins said.
Lisa Plunkett, a 23 year-old waitress from Asheville, North Carolina —who parks her car six blocks from her workplace “just so I could get some more Pokestops on the way” — is nursing a bruised shin, a result of wandering out late at night in the rain.
But for some, the game ended in a disastrous twist of events.
Already, there have been reports of about a dozen criminal activities by teenagers who lurked at Pokestops to rob unsuspecting victims.
In a post to Medium, Omar Akil pointed out how Pokémon Go could be a death sentence if you are a black man.
“There is a statistically disproportionate chance that someone could call the police to investigate me for walking around in circles in the complex,” wrote Akil. “There is a statistically disproportionate chance that I will be shot while reaching for my identification that I always keep in my back right pocket.”
In light of the tragedy that could easily unfold when one is engrossed in their cell phone screen, the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority has issued an advisory cautioning people off the subway tracks.
The tweet features Pokémon Dodou standing behind the yellow line.
The New York Police Department has also warned people of the consequences of playing the game while driving.
Some people even admitted they are holding their breath in dread of the news of the first Pokémon Go-induced car crash.