So this morning,I wondered into a client site, which happens to be a school.
Typically schools often contain kids.
Most of the kids at this particular school were going on about the new craze game for your mobile: Pokemon Go.
Now i don’t have an issue with the game, its not my cuppa tea, but i did download it to see what al the hype was about. Rather than bore you about what it is and does in game, I thought i’d reflect more on what it does… out of game.
It turns out, people are stupid.
I’m going to tell you two stories, both are true and both happened in real life, not lies.
First there is the cool story. One of the caretakers at the school, who is a nice bloke, always up for a chat and a giggle, someone i can say with confidence, isn’t an idiot. We got talking about the recent news (a favorite conversation of ours, we put the world to rights often), within which was a horrible disaster with France and some bunch of wankers called ISIS. The other bit of news we got chatting about was the game. He explained to me he didn’t even understand it, but his daughter had started playing it, and was most likely addicted. He and his daughter have a great healthy relationship, as such, when she asked him to drive around for 2 hours last night, when he questioned why and she replied “its a Pokemon thing”, he had shrugged his shoulders and took her for a drive.
This makes him a cool dad.
He has as a result, got extra gold stars in my book because:
He accepted his daughters request and treated her as an adult
He got involved with something she enjoys, whilst not understanding it
He spent hours of his free time, making her happy.
This is a great little story about a game that has got two people playing and spending time together. Honestly, not a bad thing at all, although i don’t know if i’d have done exactly the same thing, but fortunately for me, i don’t have kids, so i wont need to work that one out yet.
The next story is about what i’m so worried about in general about the world and the people in it today.
A grown adult was playing Pokemon Go, and this adult was a teacher. This teacher was SO absorbed in this children’s game, that he not once, but twice walked into a door. I’ll add to this other people have walked into roads, dangerous situations and been injured etc. Said teacher was playing the game and was completely oblivious to his surroundings. While observing this specimen, I noted that if at any point i had decided to block his path with furniture in the staff room, he would have most likely fallen over it.
So the teacher walked into the door, at first it was quite funny, everyone had a chuckle, as he explained he “had to catch em all” a phrase from the game or similar. My joy at his blissful stupidity turned into genuine concern for his well being as he seconds later, walked right into the same door a second time, with a bit more force this time as well. It turns out his focus was so intense on finding the Pokemon with his phone camera, he ignored what he was actually looking at through said camera, so intent on getting the Pokemon.
This man is without doubt and idiot.
So are many hundreds of other players of this game.
What i can’t wrap my head around is how they can possibly become so enchanted with the simple act of walking around with their phone, to the point they are walking with full on blinker mode.
Do you know anyone like this? Has your faith in humans been diminished as a result?
I know mine has, stupid Pokemon sheep.