Behavior change types with Pokémon GO
Kari, T., Arjoranta, J., & Salo, M. (2017). Behavior change types with Pokémon GO. In FDG '17: Proceedings of the International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games (pp. 33). ACM. doi:10.1145/3102071.3102074
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Digital games1 are one of the most popular entertainment media in the world. Teir allure and widespread popularity makes them an interesting and highly potential platform for behavior change atempts. In this paper, we investigate what types of behavior changes Pokémon GO has promoted or induced among its players. Te study is based on an online survey sample of 262 Pokémon GO players, collected using the critical incident technique and analyzed using qualitative methods. Te analysis shows that the behavior changes induced by Pokémon GO are not just restricted to increased physical activity or social behavior but are actually much more multifaceted: players were more social, found their routines more meaningful, expressed more positive emotions, and were more motivated to explore their surroundings.