Pokemon Go is Good for You
A small study conducted by Duke Health found that some people who played Pokémon Go added thousands of steps a day, suggesting that it’s possible to design fun ways to increase physical activity.
The Duke Health team recruited 167 iPhone users who had played Pokémon Go in July 2016. The researchers designed an online survey and asked participants to provide screenshots of their daily steps reported by the iPhone Health app between June 15 and July 31, 2016. They then compared their daily steps before and after playing Pokémon Go.
The researchers found that participants were twice as likely to reach 10,000 steps a day after playing Pokémon Go than they were before playing the game. The percentage of days in which the 10,000-daily step goal was reached increased from 15.3 percent before playing Pokémon Go to 27.5 percent after playing the game.
The findings were particularly encouraging among participants who had low activity levels or were overweight before playing Pokémon Go, with those players adding nearly 3,000 steps a day after playing the game.
The findings were presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health meeting in Portland, Oregon in March. Learn more at dcri.org/pokemon-go.