THUNDER BAY – Confederation College Security has been reporting an increase in foot traffic across campus, both inside and outside, with people playing Pokemon GO. In a media statement, Confederation College reports, “With players being focused on their devices, we are advising motorists and cyclists to be particularly cautious. Security indicates that there are hotspots of activity near major entrances to campus buildings.
“With Pokemon GO-related injuries being widely reported in the media, we are also reminding players from our College community to remain aware of their environment to avoid collisions and falls”.
The warning from the college security is likely one that needs to extend far further.
It is likely as the game’s popularity grows, the concerns from Confederation College security will be echoed by Police Services and Emergency First Responders.
Far too often today, people seem focused on their portable electronic devices, and miss the real world as they engage with the virtual world.
How Much Screen Time?
The summer is a time when many parents relax the rules for their children. Screen time often increases, parents purchase new iPhones, new Android devices, new tablets, and let Youtube, Netflix, Shomi, and video screens to run the summer.
Often youth are spending what grandparents, and the older generation does not understand in terms of time focused on their screens.
That people are reportedly with Pokemon Go so focused on the screen that Confederation College Security is warning drivers to be on the lookout is a strong indication that the problem extends well past just youth.
How much screen time is too much screen time? The call is up to you.