Popular “Pokemon Go” Mobile Game App Is Luring Millennials to the Church

The augmented reality mobile game "Pokemon Go" by Nintendo is shown on a smartphone screen in this photo illustration taken in Palm Springs, California on July 11, 2016. (Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Sam Mircovich/Illustration)
The augmented reality mobile game “Pokemon Go” by Nintendo is shown on a smartphone screen in this photo illustration taken in Palm Springs, California on July 11, 2016. (Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Sam Mircovich/Illustration)

If your church is suddenly overtaken by millennials with their heads stuck in their phones, you can thank Pokemon.

Yes, Pokemon. The Nintendo-owned franchise, which produced colorful cards and later video games, is back — this time luring young adults out of their apartments and into museums, parks and places of worship.

How? Technology, of course. Pokemon’s newest iteration is a free augmented reality app that brings its now-adult fans’ fantasies to life.

The app uses players’ phone GPS to locate where they are, then makes Pokemon appear on the phone screen in real-life locations so players can “catch” all 151 virtual creatures.

The app has become a viral sensation among teens and young adults, overtaking Tinder on Android and on course to beat Twitter in daily users. Millennials are walking around with their phones, finding “PokeStops” and “Gyms” at local places of interest: libraries, parks, art galleries, subway stations, zoos and more.

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SOURCE: Religion News Service
Aysha Khan

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