Pokémon Go Offers Incredible Mental Health Benefits

Pokémon Go Offers Incredible Mental Health Benefits

The worldwide phenomenon with an impact no one anticipated.

With an astounding record of 21 million daily users, it’s no surprise Pokémon Go is having a significant impact on the world. It has joined old fans and new in an exciting adventure to “catch ‘em all” by travelling across the world in search of Pokémon. It’s revolutionized ideas of Augmented Reality—that’s the “AR” switch you see when you’re tossing Pokéballs at the eighth Rattata you’ve seen in the last hour. But maybe one of the most amazing changes Pokémon Go has made is on the users themselves, physically and mentally. The game has had astounding amounts of reviews from people suffering from common mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, etc. who claim the app has helped them conquer some of the daily struggles that go along with living with their illness. Because these disorders can cause exhaustion, a lack of motivation, and a general feeling of sadness, often one of the best cures is to get outside and soak up some rays. However, it’s not that easy for people suffering from these illnesses. But now Pokémon Go is getting these people out of bed and into the world. Even if it’s just for an Eevee, people are getting outside, getting some fresh air and appreciating the world around them. It’s also a fun method to get yourself moving; it is a proven fact that exercise releases endorphins into the body, making us feel happier. Now that Pokémon Go is getting people out, it’s a worldwide phenomenon of joy!

Aside from feelings of depression or lack of motivation, it’s also helping people conquer social anxiety and general awkwardness; people are meeting at Pokéstops and talking while comparing Pokédexes. In some cities you can see huge groups of people huddled around a street corner, all playing on their phones and mingling. Some players have claimed to have made more friends playing the game than in any other setting. I myself have seen loads of groups travelling around the mall, staring at each other’s phones and navigating themselves to their next catch. Because of the app people automatically have something in common and something to discuss, and when you put teams into consideration, alliances between players can grow even stronger. It’s a fun, low-pressure way to meet people, which works better for many suffering from social anxiety than your typical bar or club.

According to a blog post by Dr. Grohol, founder of Psych Central, a mental health network, these side effects were entirely unintentional but a wonderful surprise upon release of Pokémon Go. “Hundreds of app developers have tried to develop mood-altering apps by encouraging people to track their mood or providing them with encouraging affirmations. But these apps rarely catch on, and few people continue using them past the first week.” Even if the motivation is not self-made and is only through a game, getting people outside is the first step to a possible revolution of both physical and mental health. So even if you only go outside to train at the nearest Gym, Pokémon Go is an astounding landmark in health and computer sciences that is benefiting your overall health in ways that could be entirely subconscious to you. Nothing feels better than exercise that doesn’t feel like work. Mix that in with the fun AR features and the nineties nostalgia of catching Pokémon, and you’ve got a game that’s changing the world. So keep going out and catching Pokémon! You’ll never know where they might take you next!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Antonio Brown Vs. JuJu Smith-Schuster

AB's low-blow at JuJu has put a target on his back for the impending 2019 season.


Recently, Raiders wide-receiver Antonio Brown initiated a Twitter "war" after Steelers wide-receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was named MVP for the 2018 season. Brown retaliated with a response to a tweet shared by a fan that sparked a fire and brought emotions to an all time high within the NFL fan base. All of which took place after the former wide-receiver for Pittsburgh previously tweeted "Keep your emotions off the internet" just hours earlier, acting as if he is the herald of good advice. Ever since then AB has been nothing but emotional, even taking down a former teammate in the process.

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We've all been exposed to AB's attitude since he was drafted to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, but it's gotten worse over time. Still, Pittsburgh fans disregarded his actions for a while because of his skills on the field and million dollar smile. His charm and endless pictures of his children always, if not most of the time, managed to get the fans of Steeler Nation to turn a blind eye to his mischievous ways- at least until the past few seasons. It seemed that his attitude had gotten worse, along with his sense of entitlement and spreading of hate and jealousy toward his fellow players. His attitude and purposeful actions eventually granted his wish of being traded from the Steelers, ending up as the Raiders' new wide-receiver. Ever since the trade, his ruthless attitude and ongoing hypocrisy continues to ascend to greater levels than before, after JuJu fired back at Antonio with a dose of his own medicine.

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Immediately following, JuJu expressed the betrayal and disrespect he received, regardless of the fact that he practically idolized AB since he got drafted in 2017. The rookie MVP called out the Pittsburgh veteran for the size of his ego and ability to fire shots at people that adored him. If anything, this debacle was an enlightening event for the young WR and is now aware of what kind of person his former idol is.

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Following this, AB decided to take advantage of one of his known slogans #CallGod a few days after the fact. Instead of continuing his antagonizing behavior, he decided to quote the Bible as if it would excuse his initial shot toward JuJu. In doing so, he decided to carefully pick verses from Luke 6 in order to fit his own egotistical agenda.

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"But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return." Luke 6:35, a verse that is visibly ignored to avoid contradictions for his recent actions. As we can see in the tweet thread, fans are recognizing the hypocrisy that Antonio Brown is proudly exuding and are emphasizing it. AB's repugnant attitude and "preaching" has pushed fans to see that Brown will betray anyone who attempts to take his spotlight, regardless of him making the same mistakes in past seasons. The once-beloved, former Pittsburgh WR is ready and willing to place blame on fellow teammates but will very rarely take blame for his own faults. Because of this trait and actions that have followed, Brown now has a target on his back for the 2019 season.

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The NFC is ready to avenge JuJu Smith-Schuster and I don't believe Antonio realizes what he's gotten himself into. It's no secret that Brown has quick feet and can run across the field with great speed and agility, but people always find a way when rage drives them. It seems as if JuJu has great support across the entirety of the NFL, regardless of rivalries that exist.

Let's remember: Antonio Brown was in his prime with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Raiders are getting the aftermath that won't last much longer. It wouldn't surprise me if the Raiders make arrangements for someone to buy-out his three-year contract if his attitude doesn't improve. No team, no coach, will tolerate Antonio longer than Coach Tomlin did. Regardless, AB better start taking his "Call God" slogan seriously because he might need the Big-Man soon if he continues his disgusting and childish shenanigans.


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