The Pokemon Go game design and psychology vlog: Episode 4
This episode, Dr Huu Kim Le from cgiclinic.com is in Tokyo Japan home of Nintendo’s pocket monsters also known as Pokemon in the west.
Hikikomori a Japanese syndrome
The Hikikomori syndrome is defined as complete withdrawal from society for 6months or longer.
We hypothesise that the Pokemon Go release in Japan may lead to a reduction in Hikikomori.
Pokemon Go Therapy?
Around the world, individuals are sharing their stories of how Pokemon go has allowed them to overcome their fear and anxiety, even depression. They are leaving their homes and going outside and walking in public places.
Past examples of tech studies on mental health
We have seen this before, where research has shown that the introduction of technology has changed culture and mental health.
There are 700,000 individuals living as hikikomori with an average age of 31.
A research opportunity?
Once we have the data, we propose a new treatment for the socially anxious. A Pokemon go exposure therapy. We can do this by creating successive Pokemon stops from the patients house and gradually move the pokestop further and further away.
Imagine if the Japanese health department could collaborate with Nintendo, Google and niantic to allow special permission to program such pokestop exposure therapy?
A message for John Hanke creator of Pokemon Go
John Hanke, we would love to work with you on future opportunities to change the world.
Dr Huu Kim Le level 13 trainer from Team Instinct and child psychiatrist from Australia.