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5 Dangers of Pokemon Go

5 Dangers of Pokemon Go

According to the USA today, Pokemon Go has over 15 million downloads. And while the numbers are not concreted (as there are more downloads every minute), it is clear to see that the application is growing to a global viral status. Pokémon Go allows the user to interact between the real work and the virtual world.

It is a new form of augmented reality and gaming. Primarily, the user has to find real world locations which house the virtual Pokémon ball or character. For the avid fan, this application brings the fictional world to life. But is the application safe? Concerns among various users and sites have said that perhaps there is more danger to the application than one may think.

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1. Data Use and Purchases

The Pokémon Go game is technically free. You can download and access the game without having any cost incurred. However, like many games which are based upon a free download platform, there are in game purchase options which are available. For the most part the users have the self-control and discretion to purchase in moderation. Yet, for users which have their Google account synced with the device and that device in the hands of a younger player who does not have such discretion in purchasing, fees can quickly add up. It is after all only the click/tap of a button to get the in game power boosts.

In addition to the in game purchases, there is also the data usage of the phone to consider. Unless a person has an unlimited data usage plan, he or she may go over their allotted data use. If there are phone charges for any time used over the data limit, you may see a high phone bill.

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2. Trespassing Charges

Perhaps one of the easiest dangers to fall prey to is trespassing and overstepping boundaries. A recent news report showed teenagers unknowingly crossing international borders illegally. Business owners have complained about Pokémon Go users trying to access warehouses and loading docks to get a ball, and private establishments have noted non-paying customers entering their facility for the same such purpose. Where the game may provide an outside element of engagement, it is clear that there has been a disregard for the boundaries within the real world, and here lies the danger. According to Dalia Lašaitė, co-founder and CEO of CGTrader, “3D games and interaction is a vital part of our modern society. However, when the line between reality and the real world fades, it is equally essential that those users, specifically younger audiences, realize and respect the social and physical boundaries, regardless of how entertaining the game is.” Those which trespass are apt to incur charges for trespassing, put themselves at danger of being shot upon in certain restricted areas, and greatly increase the likelihood of injury when entering spaces such as construction zones and high voltage containment areas.

3. Collision Course

Where texting and driving has proven to be a major problem within the automotive industry, walking and texting and app use is just as dangerous in certain instances. Congested city streets leave the user prone to stepping into oncoming traffic. Additionally, those which are constantly looking down are not as aware of his or her surroundings. More focus is given to the on-screen map than to the real world environment. Keep in mind that while most players will use the game during the daylight hours, one can still play at night. This further increases the risk of collisions with their environment, wandering into traffic, of stepping in front of a subway train. And though it may seem like common sense for a person not to use the phone when walking down a flight of stairs or when they are beside a busy street, one has only to look at the number of people texting and talking on their phones while performing such actions to conclude that Pokémon Go will just be an addition to the unsafe practices of users while walking.

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4. Stranger Danger

In addition to the trespassing and the probability that you will run into (quite literally) someone else, there is the great safety concern dealing with strangers. Obviously, older viewers are less apt to fall victim to stranger interactions and harmful situations. Yet, the younger players have already shown that this is a concern. Users have been noted for going up to random houses and knocking on the door, just to ask if he or she can access the house or the yard to get a Pokémon ball. Where there are strangers and younger audiences involved, there should be a major concern about the safety of the player. Currently, there are no proximity settings and no safety features to keep younger players from walking up to the door of the next John Gacy.

5. Unwanted Pictures and video

Pokémon Go allows for the user to take pictures of characters which are seen in the wild. And where this adds a bit of multimedia fun to the overall game, it opens a major door in terms of security and safety. As more and more people flock to the game, it is becoming more difficult to determine which users are actually playing the Pokémon Go application and which users are using the phone for other purposes. Specifically, a person could open up their video recorder and follow you stating that they are playing the game. Additionally, a person could snap your picture and claim that they were capturing a ball or such.

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Overall, the game poses too many problems to be safely integrated into the market place for all users. Older and more responsible users should download and play the game. However, because the game primarily caters to the younger crowd, safeguards and measures should be taken by the development team to minimize the safety risk posed here and elsewhere by the game.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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