What is the study about?

This study investigated whether playing the popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go impacts significantly upon activity levels, as recorded through players' own mobile and wearable devices.

How does this benefit people?

We may be able to explain the behaviours of players and contribute to research which helps similar games become even better. This could benefit people who are both drawn to games and want to be more physically active. Physical activity is also known to help with mental health issues. Your participation in this may even have an impact on future research that could help people get mentally and physically healthier.

Is the survey still active?

We closed the survey at the end of March 2017. Thank you to those who participated and to anybody new to this site who wanted to take part but could not.

How long did the survey take?

We estimated that the survey took approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Who ran this study?

This survey was conducted by James McCleane-Fay as part of his final year project for a degree in Applied Psychology from University College Cork, Ireland. You can contact him via email at This project is supervised by Dr. Conor Linehan who can be reached at

What was required to participate?

In order to take part in the project, participants had to have a fitness app that's compatible:

Apple Health, Fitbit, Jawbone, Google Fit, Microsoft Band or Withings

We were looking for people who had and had not played Pokémon Go, and were willing to answer a few questions.

How was my data used?

Any information you provided has been anonymised. We didn't record the time you did it, IP addresses or set cookies - anything that could have been used to identify you. For your fitness data, we removed everything in the file or files you give us; except for daily step count data from June-September 2016. We are bound by the Psychological Society of Ireland's Code of Ethics. The ethics board in the Department of Applied Psychology at UCC have approved our project. As psychologists and technology researchers, we completely understand privacy concerns and do our best to be as clear as possible about what is done with your data. If you have any questions or concerns you can email us and we will respond within 48 hours.