Remember last summer when Pokemon Go first came out and world just seemed like a better place? It turns out that wasn't just nostalgia talking. A new study published in the Media Psychology journal determined that Pokemon Go players were more likely to be happy than their non-Pokemon Go playing friends.
The study interviewed 400 people in late July last year, around the peak of the Pokemon Go craze. The 40% of respondents who were playing the game at the time reported experiencing more positive emotions, making new friends, and exercising more than those who weren't playing the game. Of course, it helps that most people were still excited about Pokemon Go at the time and didn't seem to mind the near daily server crashes and other issues associated with the popular mobile app.
The new study joins several others that have found links to playing Pokemon Go and overall health. According to various studies, Pokemon Go players walk 3,000 steps more a day than people who don't play the day, and also help build relationships between children and parents who play the game together. Of course, studies have found that Pokemon Go's health benefits tended to be short-term, as many players quit the game after a month or two of playing the game.
So, if you're looking to feel happier and make some new friends this spring, you might want to give Pokemon Go another chance.