chris-littlechild - October 12, 2016
Â PokÃ©mon Go, huh? What a damn thing. Weâ€™ve all seen the ridiculous headlines that have sprung up in the mega popular mobile appâ€™s wake. â€˜Dumbass walks into the path of Winnebago trying to catch Pikachu, is crushed into spam,â€™ â€˜Dudes walk off of cliff trying to get themselves a Jigglypuff,â€™ all kinds of madness. Â
Did you see that shot of a whole shitload of people wading out into the ocean, because a Blastoise had spawned way out there? Or the gigantic Central Park stampede caused by a stray Vaporeon? These are actual things that are happening. This is what PokÃ©mon Go has done to the world.
The gameâ€™s got itself a lot of negative press, all in all. Still, once you reach PokÃ©mon Go Teens Flashed By lazer-Wielding Pig-Masked Sex Couple, thatâ€™s pretty much rock bottom right there. The only way to go is up. So hereâ€™s something positive for your asses: Go is extending our life expectancies. Apparently.
As IGN reports, a study by Microsoft Research estimates that users of the app â€˜added over 100 billion steps to the Unites States' collective physical activity in just three months.â€™ That is, we can all agree, a big damn number right there. Itâ€™s nowhere near anything exact, natch, but hereâ€™s the skinny (Iâ€™m about to drop some ball-busting science jargon on your faces right now):
â€˜Composed by Ryen W. White and Eric Horvitz at Microsoft and Stanford University's Tim Althoff, the experiment looked at 32,000 users' activity over the course three months "through a combination of signals from large-scale corpora of wearable sensor data and search engine logs," to "quantify the impact of PokÃ©mon Go on physical activity." Of that number, they identified 1,420 users and measured the game's overall effect between July and August based on their use of the app.â€™
This adds up to an average 25% increase in peoplesâ€™ day-to-day physical activity, weâ€™re told. Which doesnâ€™t sound all that great, but if the game can maintain its current level of hypetastic, it sure will be. â€˜It could have a "measurable effect" on human life expectancy, adding an estimated 2,825 million years to the human life span in the United States alone,â€™ you say? Thatâ€™s not something to bitch about.
You can check out more details on the study back at the link.