Is “Pokémon Go” a new wave of Addiction?

Is the Latest Craze Pokémon Go Is Causing Unmanageability for People Everywhere?

After the launch of the new game Pokémon Go, there have been all types of rants and raves on general media and social media about the game. The question is are you addicted and can it be the beginning of an addiction with youth. In this article we are going to compare this game with other addictions and we’ll let you decide. Let me know what you think in the comment section.

What is Pokémon Go? According to Wikipedia:

Pokémon Go (stylized Pokémon GO) is a location-based, augmented reality game for mobile devices developed by Niantic for iOS and Android operating systems. It was released in most regions of the world in July 2016. Typically played on mobile phones, players use the device’s GPS and camera to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on the screen as if they were in the same real-world location as the player. The game is free-to-play, although in-app purchases are advertised for additional gameplay items.

Now that we know what Pokémon is, how can this be an addiction?

First we’ll start off with giving you the latest and greatest of the impact on the public as a whole by Pokémon players. Some of the reports show people fighting, walking onto private property, going out into traffic and staying up all hours of the night like zombies trying to catch Pokémon.

is pokemon go killing people and developing addiction in young children to the point it can be compare to drug addiction
Picture from shows teen who allegedly killed his brother over Pokemon game.

Crazed Pokemon Players Private Property Home Invasions

In this video you will see people setting up Poke-stops for Pokemon go game on private property. The video describes two people getting into a fight on someones lawn over Pokemon. This is very similar to other people disregarding private property who struggle with drugs and/or alcohol addiction. We’ll show you how, no need to argue yet. We’re just getting started.

Pokemon Go On Drugs?

This video shows a potential Pokemon Go player who according to the video is also on drugs. The man shooting the video is addressing her because she was hanging out with small children and doesn’t appear to mentally stable. No one is sure if she is really on drugs or not, but I did hear she said she caught a Charmander Pokemon earlier in the day on someone front lawn.

Crazy Man in the Road Playing Pokemon Go Biting Peoples Face Off?

This man here obviously has a major problem. The man in the video is going off on another man who is just driving down the road minding his own business. This spells out unmanageable and addict. He doesn’t look to much different than a drug addicts who would be walking in the street. Really, who am I to judge anyone, but we haven’t even hit the meat and potato’s of this article and there are some similarities between drug addiction and Pokemon Go addiction. 

Man Goes Crazy In Middle of Street

The man above going crazy in the street reminded me of something similar that happened a few years ago. The man who went crazy in the middle of the street on bath salts and ate someones face off. This man was extremely high on bath salts and Flakka when this happened. However, In comparison to the other guy who had the best excuse? Are both men suffering from addiction just different addictions? Could you even remotely be taking this article serious what-so-ever?

A man got STABBED and just continued to play Pokemon Go.

A man in Oregon says he was stabbed, but KEPT PLAYING because maybe our parents were right and phones really are melting our brains. It was only after he satisfied his Pokeneeds (and stopped to get some food) that he decided to seek treatment for the wound. “It’s important to me,” Michael Baker said to KTLA, of the game and not the concept of human survival. “I’ve got to basically catch them all.”

Finally, Let’s Compare the Traits of Addicts with Pokemon Go Players

In the above article we’ve compared a few instances where Pokemon has wreaked some havoc on the streets of America and elsewhere in the world. Although this article is just for fun, I are serious at the same time. Alcoholism wreaks havoc on your attendance at work, your sleep cycle, and your mood. This is a very similar description to the man who flipped out on the driver in the middle of the road in the video above. Drug addiction can cause paranoia and other such things similar to other stories you’ve been reading. We’ll bullet point some of the characteristics of drug addiction and alcoholism and Pokemon Go Fanaticism.

Too much of anything is no good.

These are just some of the characteristics of drug addicts and alcoholics below and bullet pointed.  


  • Loss of Control: Drinking or drugging more than a person wants to, for longer than they intended, or despite telling themselves that they wouldn’t do it this time.
  • Neglecting Other Activities: Spending less time on activities that used to be important (hanging out with family and friends, exercising, pursuing hobbies or other interests) because of the use of alcohol or drugs; drop in attendance and performance at work or school.
  • Risk Taking: More likely to take serious risks in order to obtain one’s drug of choice.
  • Relationship Issues: People struggling with addiction are known to act out against those closest to them, particularly if someone is attempting to address their substance problems; complaints from co-workers, supervisors, teachers or classmates.
These are some of the characteristics of Pokemon Go Addiction as cited below:


  • Loss of Control: Playing Pokemon Go more than a person wants to, for longer than they intended, or despite telling themselves that they wouldn’t do it this time.
  • Neglecting Other Activities: Spending less time with family, staying out all hours of the night, staying up for days at a time, and drop in attendance and performance at work or school ( sometimes quitting altogether).
  • Risk Taking: More likely to take serious risks in order to obtain a Pokemon. Examples include walking onto private property and walking out into the street risking being hit by a car.
  • Relationship Issues: Getting into fights with family or friends due to the denial of addiction to Pokemon Go. Losing your significant other due to playing too much and neglecting your relationship. Getting into fights over Pokemon.

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