Train of thoughts: Pokemon Go

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Hi loves,

Today I am introducing a new article series, a series where I just randomly blur out my train of thoughts, about something that keeps me thinking (maybe even keeps me awake at night), something trendy, viral, it could be basically everything. From Pokémon GO today, to a fiction piece about something I see around me. I felt like I needed a place, to sometimes just write about, basically whatever! So here it is, my train of thoughts.

Read on for my train of thoughts on Pokémon GO, from the upsides to the downsides of this super trendy augmented reality game!


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Pokémon GO

Do you remember your childhood? I do, and I think most of you will 😉 During my last years of elementary school there was this huge hype. It all started with a cartoon animé series from Japan, where a boy called Ash needs to find cute or fierce monsters all around his region called Pokémon. The series became popular in the Netherlands pretty fast, and soon I was playing the Pokémon card game on the schoolyard!

I was pretty much hooked and when my little brother got his first GameBoy we started playing Pokémon games on his GameBoy! Years passed and I kept playing Pokémon for a pretty long time. I guess I stopped playing just a couple of years ago to be honest.

So when Pokémon GO was released and my boyfriend started playing it I got hooked, again! Catching Pokémon in real life through Augmented Reality, that’s just AMAZEBALLS! 😀

Pretty quickly people started making issues about people playing Pokémon GO, totally justiciable issues by the way, about players not paying attention in traffic, walking on the side of traintracks to catch Pokémon or trespassing on private properties. But let’s just take a look at both the Pro’s and Cons.

Pokémon GO the Pro’s

First off and the biggest pro if you ask me, is that this app gets you outdoors! It gets you active and it lets you breath in the fresh air. To hatch eggs you have to walk a lot of miles which is really good for physical health! And well, fresh air never heard nobody…

The game also let’s you discover nice information about your neighbourhood and your city. Every Pokéstop is a monument, statue, fountain, wall-art or something in that range. You see new things and even buildings can, apparently, be very interesting when a row of flats are divided into constellations 😉

Furthermore, when going outside you actually meet a lot of new people who also play the game. Especially if you are hunting a specific rare Pokémon. It felt a bit weird at first, but it’s so much fun to see people from 8 tot 68 play this game! Meeting new people is such a big Pro for this game! People with social anxiety get out more and people who are in need of social contact can find it in an easy way. I just love that about this game!

Last but not least I think this game is really good for developing or re-finding your creativity! Especially for the older kids, for whom this game is just the best throwback ever. Pokémon GO can bring back the childhood imagination you used to have! I can already tell you, it got me to think about new articles (such as this one) and more!

Pokémon GO the Cons

Now for the cons, I don’t think there are a lot of cons, but there are some that are definitely note-worthy. Here we go…

Clearly one of the cons can be that people do not pay attention. Here in the Netherlands there is a story known of a buss driver that actually played the game while working and he now is out of a job. Not so clever. The designer of the game, Niantic, now has an inbuilt warning system for when you are going to fast, where you have to confirm you are not driving. However it’s pretty easy to just say you are not driving yourself. But hey this warning is better than nothing! There are also warnings about trespassing so that is covered as well.

Another downside is that some people might get too attached to their phones, but aren’t we already busy with our phones too much, all of us?! We all should take some electricity downtime sometimes, an offline moment for ourselves, don’t you all think?

I would love to hear your opinion on Pokémon GO. Did you join the hype? Do you think the hype is real? Or are you on the opposite side of the Poké-table? Let me hear your train of thoughts by leaving me a comment.



  1. Sarah | LavenderLife August 11, 2016

    I really enjoy playing it! I only use it at home (I live in the city centre, so lots of Pokemon in my apartment) or while walking to work or the stores though. I’ve seen a lot of Pokemon GO hate on my Facebook feed, but I honestly don’t think it’s that bad. As long as you keep your eyes on the road there’s nothing wrong with playing it imo.

    Sarah |

    • Saranda Walgaard August 13, 2016

      That’s perfect! I play everywhere, in the bus, in the train, while on my bike (still paying attention to the road of course haha) and when I am walking somewhere. I actually go outside more often on my free days now that I am playing the game!

  2. Travelerette August 12, 2016

    I haven’t gotten the app because I know I’d get addicted and I don’t have the time for a new addiction! I just love the drawings of the Pokemon. They are so cute. My students always like it when I sing like Jigglypuff.

  3. Mary Welby August 12, 2016

    I do have the app and after the original newness wore off, I’m not as addicted to it. I only play when I’m with friends who are playing, but I LOVE that I now can get people to come for walks with me. Lol. I had so many friends who just wanted to stay home after work.

  4. Shanique King August 12, 2016

    I haven’t actually played the game. I have heard of some terrible accidents while people are playing that definitely make me nervous.

    • Saranda Walgaard August 13, 2016

      I think that there is nothing to worry about, the accidents happen (mostly) because people do not watch out and watch each other. If they would there is nothing that could go wrong I think 🙂

  5. Teagan Hale August 12, 2016

    Awh I love Pokemon go! But I agree it’s not helping people be less anti social! I think in moderation it’s fine x

    • Saranda Walgaard August 13, 2016

      I think in a way it does help people, I think especially for people with social anxiety this game can be a life changer! But we should not forget to actually look up from our phones and talk to the people we meet thanks to the game 🙂

  6. Saswati August 13, 2016

    Honestly, I’ve not played the game yet!! But, I’ve heard it’s quite additive. Have heard lots of news coming out of people falling in accidents all too!!

    • Saranda Walgaard August 13, 2016

      Oh you should try it if you like Pokémon haha! It’s quite addictive for sure, believe me. I think in the Netherlands there have not been big troubles and accidents yet, it’s just a matter of paying attention to your environment I think 🙂


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