OK folks, we have a serious topic to cover today. Pokèmon Go.
Please tell me you've heard of the new craze? If you haven't, I can
only assume you've been living under a rock (in a cave, in a cabin
in the woods, in your mom's basement, etc.). I mean, honestly, it's
been slathered across all forms of media, it's nearly impossible to
hide from. If you are familiar, yes, you read that correctly!
The once popular 90's kid game is making a comeback!
In fact, just the other day at the office as a group of us were
chatting about a project (aka, what happened last night on The Real
Housewives - totally kidding) when we spotted our co-workers,
Clutch* and Lennon* running through the field next to our building,
phones in the air. It took us a moment to figure out what they were
up to when the epiphany hit us all, and in unison we exclaimed,
"Oh! Pokèmon Go."
You might be wondering, how does this have ANYTHING to do with
poison oak? Well, if you are at all familiar with the game, you
know that it leads you to varying locations to find the elusive
Pokemon characters. One minute you could be headed to a grocery
store, the next a church, a hotel, or quite possibly a park or
other outdoor location that could be harboring poison
oak (or, ivy). Not only can the app lead a person into poison
oak infested territory, the problem is the loss of distinction
between reality and the game…
People (there may be more adults playing than children!) are
getting so wrapped up in the game, that they forget they are
living, breathing, and moving about in the real world, not a
virtual reality. In fact, just this morning on Live with Kelly,
Kelly said she was plowed into by a woman who was playing the game
on the streets of N.Y.C. The woman apparently didn't bother to look
up from her to screen to see Kelly standing directly in her path.
After nearly knocking her down to the ground, the woman continued
on chasing the elusive Pokemon character on her phone, and didn't
give Kelly a second glance. So, you can see how a person consumed
by the game, could unknowingly wander into poison oak and come out
with a rash!
What's a Pokèmon Go player to do? Carry Tecnu®, of course! Tecnu
might just save your bacon the next time you go chasing after
Pikachu or one of his friends. We commend you for getting outdoors,
but how about putting the screen down from time to time too?
Live life. Get outdoors!™
*names have been changed to protect the identities of these
Still confused? Here's a 400 word explanation of Pokèmon Go: