'Pokémon Go - A New Distraction for Drivers and Pedestrians'


#1

http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2553331

from the latest JAMA Internal Medicine. If you can’t read, let me know.


#2

There are so many options, talking on a cell is bad enough, texting even worse, streaming your crazy speeds another problem, and now playing games while driving, I tried pokeman, seemed fun enough, but until the basics, ie keep your eyes on the road, or self driving cars take care of issues we are stuck with human fallibility.


#3

As a test, I decided to see what happens in the game while you’re driving/riding in a car.
After a certain speed, like 20mph, it will tell you you’re going too fast and then ask if you’re a passenger or not. Even as a passenger, the distance traveled does not count towards anything in the game(hatching eggs, distance traveled, etc). Kind of a shame, really, but then I guess it would be considered cheating by some if their friends went on a road trip and were so much further along than those who stayed behind.


#4

Well, any mobile games and apps including navigation systems/maps can be a distraction.


#5

This fad has come and gone.


#6

I never quite understood the fascination with the whole Pokémon thing, even when my younger cousins were crazy over it back in the late 90s.

I remember seeing this when it came out which cracked me up…


#7

Looks like this data came from a 10 day period in July, right after the game came out. Since then, they’ve made it nearly impossible to play while in a moving vehicle. Once you hit a certain speed, 20 mph or so, nothing works. You can’t get items from Pokestops and new Pokemon won’t spawn.