Pokémon GO Helps Our Family Bond

Pokemon Go in New York

Pokemon Go in New York
Photo by Terri Ann from Cookies and Clogs

I joined the Pokémon GO craze back in July when everyone was buzzing about the latest gaming app. But I didn’t join because everyone else was playing, I joined to write an article explaining the game. Three months later and I’m still playing Pokémon GO….despite some teasing by friends and colleagues.

What has me hooked? I love that I can share this game with the kids, and together we’re walking more, exploring new areas, and using our technology to bond. Instead of staring at our phones or tablets, doing our own things, we crowd around my Verizon smartphone and track the elusive Pikachu.

This summer we moved from Houston to Dallas. We’re still getting familiar with our new area, and playing Pokémon GO has been a great way to discover parks, murals, restaurants and landmarks. What starts as a quest for more Pokéballs leads to finding a new park or an evening walk. I’m excited about anything that gets us away from the TV and encourages us to do things together on a daily basis.

Even when I’m away from home, on a new adventure, I’m hunting for new Pokémon! On a recent trip to New York, I was caught hunting Pokémon while walking to a meeting in the city. Yes,  I was excited to catch some new characters like a Dratini, Golduck, Shellder, Magnemite and Wigglytuff. And the first thing the kids ask when I return home, “Mom, can we see your phone? Did you catch any new Pokémon?”

Yes, its a silly game. Yes, eventually you’ll grow bored. But, in a world where we spend a lot of time just sitting in front of screens, why not try a game that requires you to get out and explore the world around you.  What’s your favorite mobile game?

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I receive some of the latest and greatest devices from Verizon. All opinions are based on my personal experiences.







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