29 Surprising Ways Pokémon Go Has Changed People’s Lives

Here’s how the augmented reality game has been augmenting our reality too.

“It has made me connect with other people more.”

"It has made me connect with other people more."

“I’ve bonded with complete strangers at my local gym because we’re both Team Mystic, but Pokémon Go has also created tensions between me and friends who are on Valor. I’ve also had moments when I’d be walking around and strangers would notify others if there was a rare Pokémon nearby — it has created a huge community.” —lexis4bca61e1d

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“This game, with the help of medical professionals and my amazing support system, has helped pull me out of one of the darkest times in my life.”

"This game, with the help of medical professionals and my amazing support system, has helped pull me out of one of the darkest times in my life."

“I tried to kill myself around when this game was released. I have severe depression and PTSD. After being discharged from the hospital I have been more active than I have been in years. I’ve spent time with friends, felt motivated to walk, see new parts of my city, and be outdoors.” —sarahr43375f198

To learn more about PTSD, check out the resources at the National Institute of Mental Health here. If you're dealing with thoughts of suicide, talk to someone immediately here or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which you can reach at 1-800-273-8255.

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“I have a 10-month-old and have been struggling to lose baby weight since he was born. I’ve lost 10 pounds since this was released!”

"I have a 10-month-old and have been struggling to lose baby weight since he was born. I’ve lost 10 pounds since this was released!"

“I started walking around the neighborhood with him in the stroller and then moved onto our local park, and then walking trails.” —erikac434ff2bf9

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