Teenagers and children are in danger when playing the game, “Pokemon Go.” According to Document A, ‘Pokemon Go’ Craze Raises Safety Issues, by Sarah E. Needleman, Document B, Pokemon Go: The One Serious Problem Everyone Should Worry About, by Bernard Marr, and Document D, ‘Is Pokemon Go Good For Our Society?,’ each of these sources give us an understanding on why Pokemon Go is endangering our society. Pokemon GO is leading us to dangerous or inappropriate places.
To begin with, Pokemon Go is leading us to places where we don’t belong. As stated in Document A, “The placements of PokeStops and gyms raise questions about whether players could get hurt searching unsafe areas-a dark alley or along a river, for example-particularly while staring at a smartphone screen”, when players are trying to catch Pokemon, they are staring at their devices so there is a big possibility that they will get injured. When staring at their phones, they don’t know where they are going because their main focus is on their device. Also according to Document A, “The game could be leading people into areas where they don’t belong, such as construction sites or shuttered storefronts.” While playing Pokemon Go, the goal is to catch as many Pokemon as you can but, you need to walk towards places to catch them. Players may be trespassing certain areas just to catch their Pokemon
Furthermore, Niantic is gaining information about the players and are using that information for the future. As said in Document B, “Companies want to collect as much information as possible about their customers so they can prepare for future business. People never read the lengthy terms of service agreements they’re happily agreeing to, and don’t understand the full information they’re voluntarily giving away.” The more players that are playing Pokemon Go, the more information the company earns, and the more money the company earns, they’ll use this information for the future. Also, stated in Document B, “It uses a Google map and your real-world GPS location to direct you to Pokemon you can catch, and that information can be misused.” Since players don’t understand the information that they are giving away, their information will be misused and companies will use that information in the future.
To continue on, players who are playing Pokemon Go, are failing to see their surroundings. According to Document D, “News reports say that users have tripped, fallen into a lake, crashed a car, and sustained other injuries while playing.” Not only are the players hurting themselves, but they are also hurting the people around them. These players are causing many damages to others and themselves. Also, as said in Document D, “A police department in Philadelphia warned on Twitter, “Be mindful of what you play online.” People love to catch Pokemon and play with their friends, but it is dangerous. Players can be in serious danger while playing this game.
In conclusion, Pokemon Go is not a safe game to play for teenagers and children. Pokemon Go has caused many injuries, sends us to dangerous surrounding, etc. Pokemon Go cannot be played for everyone.