The augmented reality game, which allows players to catch and collect Pok mon in real-world locations through the mobile phone camera, has taken the youngsters by storm since its release in July. As players move, their avatar moves within the game, and players are then rewarded for collecting Pok mon placed in real-world locations. By rewarding movement, the game incentivizes physical activity. However, if players use their cars to search for Pok mon they negate any health benefit and incur serious risk, the study said. Also Read - Top tech news today: Pokemon Go Fest 2021, Qualcomm smartphone and more
To evaluate the risk of traffic-related incidents, Twitter postings containing the terms ‘Pok mon’ and ‘driving’, ‘drives’, ‘drive’, or ‘car’ were obtained between July 10 and July 19. A random sample of 4,000 tweets was generated, and estimates from this sample were used to create population-level estimates.
Google News reports published during the study period that included ‘Pok mon’ and ‘driving’ were also obtained, yielding 321 story clusters. Reports of crashes caused by Pok mon GO were identified and duplicate coverage was eliminated.
There were 14 unique crashes — one player drove his car into a tree — attributed to Pok mon GO in news reports during the same period, the study published online in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine reported. ALSO READ: Pok mon GO hurts religious sentiments by showing eggs in places of worship
33 percent of tweets indicated that a driver, passenger, or pedestrian was distracted by Pok mon GO, suggesting there were 113,993 total incidences reported on Twitter in just 10 days. Research has also shown that nearly 60 percent of accidents among young drivers occur within six seconds of being distracted, the researchers wrote. “Our findings can help develop strategies for game developers, legislators, and the public to limit the potential dangers of Pok mon GO and other augmented reality games,” the researchers said.