by Rev Sng Chong Hui
Today I made Pokémon go away. I deleted the game from my mobile phone. I decided I would stop playing this game.
Two weeks ago when this game was available for download, I thought it good to try out this game to understand the popularity and draw of Pokémon Go.
I gave myself the vicarious reason that I need to know what this game is about in order to connect with the young people including my own son.
The game is free and easy to learn. Not much skill is required. No need for quick reflex.
However, it changed my lifestyle quite a bit. I started looking for Pokemon wherever I go. I could be in the coffee shop, the shopping mall, the park or even the church – and I turned on the game on my hand phone just to check if there are any interesting Pokemon to catch.
This checking of Pokemon on my phone has affected my lifestyle. I could be having dinner with my family and I would be hunting for Pokemon before the food arrived. My running regime became a walking regime because I wanted to “catch ‘em all.” Every time I parked my car in the church I would be collecting poke balls because there is a poke stop nearby.
To be very honest, the game does have a gripping hold on me. The obsessive draw is that you want to have every Pokemon in the index, especially the rare and uncommon ones that are so hard to find.
Needless to say, this game is attention grabbing, time grabbing and energy grabbing. And there is no end to it. It is not like you can finish the game and call it quits.
Today I took the game out from my phone. I felt such liberation. No more checking. No more occupation. No more draining of battery.
I am reminded of the Word of God:
“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any” (I Corinthians 6:12).
I have decided – Pokemon Go Away!