With a couple of updates taking place this weekend, the ‘Pokémon GO’ hype train is still running at top speed. Communities are forming around it, while the anti-millennial thought-pieces are slowing down; and one thing that many people have noted, including YouTuber Connor Manning, is how much the app is improving their mental health.
Connor, whose experience with his depression is a regular talking point on his channel, has opened up in a vlog about his experience with ‘Pokémon GO’. Admitting that he originally had no desire to play, Connor’s mind was changed when he saw people playing it together near where he works.
“I saw people just outside, with their buds, having such a fun time; and it was so pure and genuine,” admits Connor. “and I was like, you know what? Throw out that negative hipster crap, I’m in on this!”
Since downloading the game, Connor reveals he has been spending more time outside, socialising with strangers, and appreciating the greater social strata around him – all without any main purpose but for playing the game.
“I’m catching small, animated creatures on my phone, and that is making me feel part of something bigger than myself.”
Connor’s story is one of many similar accounts of people finding that the game is aiding them with their mental health and social anxiety, and we can’t wait to see what else it’s capable of as the game develops.