Pokemon has been around for 20 something years at this point, and has consistently kept in touch with it’s fan base. Many millennials were raised, fixated on either the games or animated movies or series that have littered their social landscape. As a Gen-Xer, I can understand the fascination. Many of us are still playing console games, despite being told to “grow up”.
With the port over to handheld cellular devices, we are no longer tied to a separate device, and now just log into an app to play. In a time of instant gratification, in just one press of an icon, we can be teleported back to our childhoods, social acceptance be damned!
Yes, I am playing Pokemon Go, to my boyfriend’s chagrin, and although he gets annoyed, fearing that I’ll bump into folks or injure myself while playing, I have yet to, however, that hasn’t stop folks from getting into some strange situations.
Fortune Magazine reported the app was more popular than Tinder. If you think about it, it makes sense. Tinder is focused on adult users, while Pokemon Go’s audience spans 4 generations (Gen-Xers, Gen Y, Millennials, and Gen Z). Although some folks feel like they can have their cake, and eat it too, like the guy that was caught cheating by his girlfriend through his Pokemon Go account. It’s also inspired industrious players to create an alternative income by helping folks find pokemon on the street!
If you’re sick and tired of seeing your social media feeds inundated with Pokemon Go posts, I’m sorry to say, you’re going to have to deal with it until the frenzy fades, or until Facebook or Twitter develop apps, like they did for the Kardashians, to sift your feed of all Pokemon, but know that social media is fickle, so you may not have to wait too long.
In the meantime, for the rest of us, good luck!