You may have noticed strange new creatures roaming the streets of Denver this month. They can be spotted wandering our streets, our parks, and our malls, sometimes muttering at their phones, sometimes coordinating in groups. They are the Pokémon hunters, and they’re out in the world searching for virtual critters to snare for their collections.
Pokémon Go hit the world in July and quickly became a popular new pastime. Within the smartphone-based, augmented reality game, players capture, battle, and train these virtual creatures as if they were in the same real-world location as the players.
While the game is being praised for its health benefits – bringing folks outside who would otherwise sit at home playing – the game isn’t without some risk. The stress on your neck from staring down at your phone can be a long-term hazard. Honestly, this isn’t new, and certainly isn’t unique to Pokémon Go. The condition, known as “Text Neck,” is not only real, it also poses a real risk.