Pokemon Go is one of the latest games that is getting people out and about in their towns, walking instead of sitting inside playing video games. From adults to children, the app has taken over the country. The concept of the app is to find various Pokemon characters that are hidden along sidewalks, on trails, in parks, in shopping centers and other locations across towns. There are new characters released every day, making it fun to run toward the new Pokemon to get points or items that can be used in the game.
A children’s hospital in Michigan is using the app to help children who might not be able to get out of bed. There is a Pokemon Go hotspot on the children’s floor of the hospital. During the day, there are several children who can be seen standing at this spot. They are getting out of bed in order to get the Pokemon and to talk with other children who are on the floor. The app is being used as a way for children in the hospital to become mobile while giving them something to do instead of watching television or thinking about why they are in the hospital in the first place. They are socializing, which can help with depression that some children might have while they are in the hospital awaiting treatments or surgical procedures.