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Get an extra life: Playing Pokemon Go may help you live 41 days more, says study

world Updated: Oct 13, 2016 18:51 IST
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A man uses a mobile phone in front of an advertisement board bearing the image of Pokemon Go at an electronic shop in Tokyo, Japan.(Reuters file photoi)

Want to live some days extra in life? Start playing Pokemon Go right now and regularly.

Yes. You read that right. A new study has claimed that the popular augmented-reality game may add an extra 41 days to your life, though there have been several incidences reported of people risking their lives catching the imaginary creatures.

The health benefits of Pokemon Go, which encourages gamers to hunt Pokemon characters in real life by exploring their locale, have been lauded since its launch earlier this year.

Despite the injuries it has led to, such as people walking into dangerous areas, the new study suggests the game could measurably affect life expectancy.

Researchers at Stanford University in the US and Microsoft found that engaged Pokemon Go players walked an extra 1,473 steps a day, roughly 25% more activity, while playing the augmented reality game.

For people aged 15 to 49 an extra 1,000 steps a day could amount to 41.4 additional days of life expectancy, according to the researchers.

After tracking the activity of almost 32,000 Pokemon Go users for three months using an accelerometer and a gyrometer, the researchers found that the game “significantly increased” levels of physical activity, ‘The Telegraph’ reported.

In particular, it has health benefits for people who are not traditionally that active.

“These increases are not restricted to already active and healthy individuals, but also reach individuals with low prior activity levels, and overweight or obese individuals,” researchers said.

They also found that Pokemon Go was more likely to improve the movement of less active people than other health apps.

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