Since the launch of Pokemon Go yesterday in Singapore, one would have observed a surge in the number of people who would randomly stand in the middle of nowhere and staring at their phone screen for a period of time, such as in the middle of an MRT platform and a park, sitting around the coffee shop for long hours, oblivious to their surroundings. As a curious onlooker, I would peep into their screen and realised that they are searching for the cute little monsters. What else could it have been but Pokemon Go?
But just a word of caution to place safety first as you catch them all. The craze has resulted in a number of accident cases and caused injuries in a number of regions since it was launched.
A teen was hit by a car while catching Pokemons in the US and her mom blames the game.
Obsession with the game may reduce your alertness while on the go, and it is no laughing matter if you get hit by an ongoing vehicle. Parents should limit the number of hours and impose restrictions on where their kids can go to play the game. Educating their children on the possible risks and consequences of playing this game is key, and it's not about blaming the game producers when the undesired happens.
Some of the emotional signs of game addiction includes:
- Signs of irritability when unable to play
- Being preoccupied with thoughts of previous gaming activity
- Lying about the amount of time spent playing
- Isolation from others to spend more time gaming
- Feeling raged when someone gets in the way while gaming
So be a responsible, considerate and disciplined game player to enjoy your games. We don't want games to be banned here do we? ;)
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