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Pokémon GO Is Actually Helping Improve People's Mental Health

When video games are actually good for you.

Pokémon GO is taking the world by storm, and that may actually be a good thing. Several players have testified to the positive impact of the game on their overall mental health.

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The free-to-play game was made available to iOS and Android just last Wednesday and has already received rave reviews and positive criticisms on social media. People have been praising the game for motivating people to get off their couches and explore the real world:

https://twitter.com/drwdal/status/750614414806675456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

https://twitter.com/hayleylaur/status/751284645119954945?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

https://twitter.com/osskov/status/751461002743410688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

https://twitter.com/jasonjarmoosh/status/751432384982224896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Others have also said that the game has potential to do wonders for people with depression:

http://theawesomeadventurer.tumblr.com/post/147051262463/honestly-pokemon-go-is-probably-going-to-help-a

This all ties into research that showed prolonged periods spent in nature actually lead to improvements in mental health. Studies have shown that more time spent outside can lead to reduced negative thinking and increased positive thinking.

Tell that to your parents!


Source: attn.com

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