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How Pokemon Go Is Making Dad Cool?

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“Hey Dad, Can I come with you?” These are the words every dad wants to hear from his teenage son. He wants to spend time with his old man. What could be better? What could bring a father greater joy? We all have had that experience where you son gets too old to want just to hang out with dear old dad. But something about this request seems odd. You would think this is a good thing. When he gets in the car, I begin to engage him in whity banter. There is dead silence on the other end. Did I do something uncool? If he did not want to talk why did my son what to come along for the ride? I am starting to feel like other factors are motivating this new found sense of togetherness. He is not hanging out with me because he discovered how cool his dad is. He is hanging out with me because he has been bitten by the new Pokémon Go phenomenon. I have no idea what it is all about. I don’t get why it’s popular, but I see that it is all the rave these days. When I went online to find out what the draw was. I ran across this comment to explain why it is so popular.

“The completionist “gotta catch ‘em all” is a pull for me definitely. The integration with real-life locations is giving me a reason to get up and walk/run to places nearby that I otherwise would never have seen. I’ve definitely gotten more cardio the past two days than I have the last three months combined. Also, the social aspect: I’m running into a bunch of other Pokémon trainers out in the real world, and it’s an easy way to strike up a conversation with strangers. The sheer number of people that are engrossed in finding Pokémon in the real world (and walking around) is amazing.”

So from what I gather from my brief online research is that Pokemon there are three benefits. 1) It gets people out of the house. 2) If you do it the right way, it has health benefits. At least it gets people off the couch and moving. And 3) It is building a new sense of community. Now while I am disappointed that my son is not hanging out with the old man because he thinks I am cool, least we are hanging out. And ever so often between him looking for some new rare pocket monster, we sneak in a conversation. On those rare occasions when his face is not buried in his cell phone, we get a chance to connect. I will take those 35-second conversations. It may not be much as I would like, I still get an opportunity to be a positive influence. I will take what I can get. So Pokemon Go is making hanging out with dad cool.

 

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12 thoughts on “How Pokemon Go Is Making Dad Cool?”

  1. This game has always been demonic and the latest incarnation is no exception. People have died playing this game. Of course, the game tracks all of one’s personal data online. We cannot afford to be so naive. Let us pray for discernment. We remember Jesus warning about leading a little one astray. I do not me to be offensive. Please understand my concern.

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      1. I am not promoting the game. I have seen churches using their sites as a Pokemon Gym. So I think people are trying to use something that has a questionable beginning into a ministry opportunity.

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      2. I understand your concerns and they have merit. This post was not designed to be a theological pro and con of Pokemon. It was suppose to be a light-hearted post about how my son and I are spending time together.

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  2. Great post Keith!

    What I wish I would have understood better when my kids were that age was — availability creates opportunity. It works as a grandparent tooAnd I’m guessing your son may be enjoying the time together more than he lets on.

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  3. Great post Keith!

    What I wish I would have understood better when my kids were that age was — availability creates opportunity. It works as a grandparent too! By the way, I’m guessing your son may be enjoying the time together more than he lets on.

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  4. I so understand the ‘take what you can get’ mindset here. I have a 19 and a 21yr old (almost) . They are off doing their own thing but the concept of staying in touch `
    ‘regularly’ doesn’t really go over well with them. So I don’t force the issue. I’m happy to hear from them ‘whenever’ and I don’t make them feel guilty about it. I get that they’re at the age of finding themselves so I’m content for now to let them enjoy that discovery.

    Glad you can have those pockets of conversation with your boy, just make them count. Just be present. They grow up so fast!!!

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