If you’ve been too busy swiping right on Tinder to notice, there is a new dating app in town and it is way more fun. Now instead of worrying if you’re going to catch an STI on a dating app, you can meet cuties and catch Pokemon. You read that right: Pokemon Go is the app that is sweeping the nation at unprecedented speed and if you’re not on it, you’re missing out on catching cuties.
I recently took a walk in West Hollywood, California, and stumbled across a park where no less than 30 people were gathered. Their faces were shoved into their phones as they all furiously tapped their screens, battling each other in the game that uses Augmented Reality. If you’re tired of being rejected on Tinder and you’re getting carpel tunnel from swiping left on some duds, allow me to explain how Pokemon Go can change your dating life.
You Already Have Common Ground
When you first meet someone, one of the most difficult things is finding common ground. When you go on a first date you need to constantly be asking questions — about their hobbies, interests, and favorite children’s books, for example. However, when you meet someone through Pokemon Go you already know that you’re both passionate about catching’ them all. It is the ultimate ice-breaker because instead of forcing each other to play 20 questions you can just kick back and battle at a gym together. Plus, those lulls in conversation that accompany the start of any relationship are squashed by the buffer of a wild Pikachu appearing right before it is your turn to ask a new banal question.
It Forces You To Leave The House
I will be the first to admit that I hate leaving the house. If I could, I would sit on my couch all day, every day and be buried there when I grow old and die. However, that isn’t how the world works and I knew when I downloaded Pokemon Go I would have to leave the house. I’ve recently turned down a few dates because the idea of venturing out into public has seemed too exhausting. Now with Pokemon Go, all I have to do is walk a few blocks before I’m able to run into someone cute and just as distracted as I am. It makes forcing yourself out of the house and meeting new people so much easier, which we all know is one of the most difficult parts of dating in the first place.
Pokestops Are Like Singles Mixers
I mentioned that I had stumbled across a group of people in a park in West Hollywood. After they had all battled, what do you think they did? Go home to jerk off and fall asleep? Probably not! They all probably headed to the bar and got to know each other. Not only does Pokemon Go allow you a calm and stress-free environment to meet people with similar interests, it can easily spark other forms of social interaction. There have been reports that people with social anxiety have found Pokemon Go soothing because it is a less-intense way to force yourself to interact. When you’re standing in a park with a bunch of sexually repressed people too busy playing Pokemon to get off, you better believe sparks are going to fly.
Invite all your friends and their friends to catch pokemon in your neighborhood
If you’re still nervous about meeting someone through Pokemon Go, fear not! The game is so incredibly social, allowing you to join Pokemon Leagues and Facebook groups dedicated to taking down local Gym Leaders, that it makes venturing out on your own a non-issue. Grab a few of your friends and walk the neighborhood! When you’re with a group, you’re bound to run into other groups and the chances of running into a single cutie go way up.
Going out on your own with Pokemon Go basically ensures you’re going to meet new people
If you’re sick and tired of wondering where all the girls are, let me tell you my friends, they’re not at the movie theater buying tickets for that action movie you insist on going to. They’re also not going to be on your couch playing video games with you for hours a day. If you start using Pokemon Go, you’re basically ensured to meet people from various backgrounds and scopes of life. If you’re wondering where all the girls are at these days, they’re hunting down Eevees in the park.
Win A Date By Winning A Pokemon Battle
Bonus! Turn a Pokemon Go battle into a challenge with real stakes. When you meet a cute girl/guy/whomever you’re into, you have the opportunity to take the game and make it real. Challenge someone hot to a Pokebattle and offer that whoever wins has to buy the first round of drinks after. If you’re worried about asking someone out out of fear of being rejected, this is the perfect opportunity. When you start viewing dating as a game instead of an obligation it begins to become fun, which is what Pokemon Go is all about.