PSA For those of you who do not play Pokemon Go (either because you can’t or you just have no interest): That is okay. It’s okay for you to not want to play, that is 100% your decision and I totally respect that.
HOWEVER please don’t make those of us who are playing the game feel bad for it. Last night and this morning I’ve noticed people out and about harassing players and essentially shaming them, “We don’t need to be glued to a phone screen to enjoy going outside” or “Have fun looking stupid and catching nothing!”. This is NOT okay.
This game, in the incredibly short time it has been out, has become a cross-generational hit that is proving to engage those of us with anxiety and depression with the outside world in a manner we are comfortable. It is also bringing people from all different cultures together with a common interest/goal.
I adore walking around the parks and seeing the groups of people interacting and getting excited. Given the recent events in the news, we need something like this to give us some hope and happiness.
So please, don’t shame or berate anyone who plays the game. It’s totally okay to not play if that is your choice, but please do not shame others for their choice to engage. That’s a kind of bullying that no one ever asked for.