Pokémon GO Might Reduce Mild Depression According to Study

Pokémon defined an entire generation in the 90s and remains extremely popular to this day. Likewise, the Pokémon Go app redefined mobile games. It successfully deployed a new technology: augmented reality. It got people out of the house and made them more active. Now, studies are beginning to see largely positive effects from this.

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Pokémon GO | Definition Match

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Pokémon GO | Fill in the Blank

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Pokémon GO | True or False

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Playing location-based games, such as the augmented reality game Pokémon GO, may alleviate non-clinical forms of mild depression, a new study has found. Location-based games are those that revolve and progress around a player’s physical location. This is often monitored using GPS technology. In a new study by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), researchers examined the effect of location-based mobile gaming on local depression trends.

Using the introduction of Pokémon GO as a case study, the researchers exploited the staggered release of the game over 50 weeks in 2016 into 166 regions in 12 English-speaking countries.

They measured local depression levels using Google Trends data to calculate internet searches for depression-related terms such as “depression,” “stress,” and “anxiety.” Using internet search data is a well-established mechanism for measuring mild depression in medical and public health literature. They found the release of Pokémon GO was associated with a significant short-term decrease in depression-related internet searches.

The authors argue that playing these types of games may reduce mild depression because they encourage outdoor physical activity, face-to-face socialization and exposure to nature. All factors which have all been shown as having a positive impact on mental health.

In the paper, published in the Journal of Management Information Systems, the authors were keen to stress that their findings only relate to those suffering from mild depression—not chronic or severe depressive disorders.

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