The new Pokemon Go app already has kids, teens and adults alike exploring the world around them, tracking down those elusive Pokemon. For many, the virtual reality game is a childhood dream come true. And although we're all trainers at heart, trying to complete a Pokedex while balancing an "adult" life of jobs, bills and obligations can be seriously infuriating. Here are a few reasons why:
1. You have actual responsibilities that get in the way of your Pokemon hunt.
All of the younger kids are out catching Dratinis and visiting PokeStops, but you're stuck with a level ten Weedle and eight Pidgeys because most of your life is consumed with working and sleeping.
2. And when you do have a chance to peek at your phone, there's no Pokemon to be found.
Or there's a Charmander silhouette three paws away, but you can't go searching for him because you're chained to your work desk.
3. Or the servers are always down, because your workplace's Wifi isn't strong enough to support the app.
And most of the time you have to wait until you're around free Wifi to play, because you can't financially afford to go over your cell phone data.
4. Friendships are ruined.
5. Fellow adults judge you for your obsession.
When a group of preteens wander around with their phones out, nobody really questions it. But it's definitely frowned upon for a 22 year old to be skulking around a church parking lot looking for a gym battle.
6. The nostalgia is crippling.
Pokemon Go reminds us of a time before bills, student loans and torturous part-time jobs. Can we just go back to when catching Mewtwo was our only challenge? Please?
Sure, we'd all like to be out chasing Pikachu all day. But despite all of the disadvantages we face as adult trainers, Pokemon Go is still a wonderfully addictive way to fuel our inner child. Go out, explore and catch 'em all. Happy Hunting!