Extroverts are better at Pokémon Go, UBC study finds

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Although the realm of video game playing may be traditionally associated with introverted personality types, the opposite can be true when it comes to games that actually get players out into the real world. That’s the conclusion from researchers at the University of British Columbia who say that more video games like the well-known Pokémon Go could be designed to help people dealing with social competence and social anxiety disorders.

Augmented reality game Pokémon Go became a worldwide phenomenon in the summer of 2016 when gatherings of phone-watching individuals first starting popping up on city street corners and parks in search of Pokéstops, battle gyms and, of course, animated little creatures. And while the fad continues today —the franchise just added a “dynamic weather” feature to its gameplay— Pokémon Go’s value for scientific inquiry is now being tapped.

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