By: Greg Sacidor
Are you an avid Pokémon Go user? If you are, there is a chance that you will increase your life expectancy.
Pokémon Go users could add 2.83 million years to the life expectancy of an assumed 25 million users here in the United States, according to a new study from Microsoft Research. While many had speculated that the game led to users being more active, this new study now offers hard evidence.
According to the study, users of Pokémon Go took 26% more steps while using the app than they had prior. That is an extra 194 steps each day or roughly one tenth of a mile.
The study’s researchers estimated that since becoming popular, the app has added 144 billion steps to United States’ total for physical activity. That number equates out to 143 trips to the moon and back.
Of course, in order for the positive impacts to have lasting effects on American lives, interest in the app must remain high. That may be a challenge as since sweeping the nation this past summer, usage of the app has seemed to drop.
So Pokémon Go users, what do you think? Have you noticed an increase in your daily activity while using the app?