There’s no denying Pokémon GO has been, and still is, an immensely successful augmented reality game, but according to a new research paper it can also have added physical and mental health benefits for players. Tokyo University has conducted some research into the mobile Pokémon title and says that players report significantly reduced stress levels.
“From the results of the general linear modeling, improvement in psychological distress was significantly greater among Pokémon GO players than among non-players […]
Pokémon GO may be effective for improving psychological distress among workers. Although its effect size is small, the game could have positive effects on the mental health of the adult working population.
Pokémon GO might not have a visible impact on psychological distress on an individual-basis, but it could have a critical impact on public health, affecting the whole population, because of its tremendous popularity.
As the game requires you to comb the streets to hunt for Pokemon, it’s been found to raise the physical activity level of many players. Particularly keen PokeHunters boosted their step count by 26 percent over the course of a month, which lowers the risk of heart attack or stroke in high-risk people,
Previous studies have indicated that an increase in physical activity was no longer observable after several months. The association in the long-term could not be determined.”