The Effects Playing Pokémon GO has on Physical Activity -A Systematic Literature Review

dc.contributor.author Laato, Samuli
dc.contributor.author Hyrynsalmi, Sonja
dc.contributor.author Rauti, Sampsa
dc.contributor.author Sutinen, Erkki
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-04T07:51:44Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-04T07:51:44Z
dc.date.issued 2020-01-07
dc.description.abstract It is rare for a game to become such a phenomenon that almost 300 scientific papers are published about it in a span of three years. However, that is the case with the location-based game Pokémon GO. The game has been praised as a solution to the global inactivity crisis, but also criticized, for example, for only increasing physical activity in the short term. In order to gather together the findings of previous studies, a systematic literature review was conducted. Initially, 277 scientific articles which contained the term “Pokémon GO” in the title or the abstract were discovered. After categorizing the articles and removing those which did not focus on the effects Pokémon GO has on physical activity, 20 empirical studies remained. A majority (60%) of the studies showed an increase in the number of daily steps taken, whereas 30% of studies reported only short term improvements which diminished soon after. The beneficial effects were found to manifest more strongly on physically inactive individuals and were linked to playing retention. Furthermore, the results revealed that (1) most data used in studies is from 2016, after which the game has drastically changed and (2) longitudinal studies spanning over the course of a year are missing.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2020.417
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-3-3
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/64159
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Health Behavior Change Support Systems
dc.subject health
dc.subject location-based games
dc.subject physical activity
dc.subject pokemon go
dc.subject systematic literature review
dc.title The Effects Playing Pokémon GO has on Physical Activity -A Systematic Literature Review
dc.type Conference Paper
dc.type.dcmi Text
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