Listen, you just can't avoid them. Everywhere you go, people—heads down, eyes on their smartphones—trying to catch a Polliwag, Zubat or a Bulbasaur.
Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game that has totally
taken over cities like San Francisco and Brooklyn, is turning us into crazed, animé chasing zombies (fit zombies, though, since it's a great way to get exercise).
Kids adults, families, TV binge-watchers—like nothing else, this game, which was released just a week ago!—are getting into it. There's a time and place, though, for Pokémon Go, not just for reasons of safety and respect of strangers' privacy and property. Some players really need to figure out when to set down their smartphone and augment real life.
Focus on the road not your apps! It's better to arrive alive than "catch 'em all." #PokemonGO #ArriveAlive
2. When driving. It's SO tempting to keep the app open while you drive, but don't. Just don't. Instead, walk, take public transportation or hire an Uber-like driver to chauffeur you around (yes, that exists).
When #PokemonGO hunting is starting to look like a nerdy Fast and Furious scene.
7. Don't go it alone at night. If you have been bitten by the bug and want to go hunting at night, do it with a group and go to well-lighted, populated places, like these Pokémon catchers. Otherwise, you could get mugged like these people in Missouri.
Talk about dedication. Michael Baker was out playing "Pokémon Go" in the middle of the night in his Oregon hometown when a stranger approached. He thought the stranger was also hunting Pokémon—until the man came at Michael with a knife. Though Michael would eventually require eight stitches in his shoulder, he didn't go to the hospital right away. In the moment, catching more Pokémon proved more important.