How You Know You’re A PokemonGo Addict

PokemonGo problems

So hey, you might have heard of a lil something called PokemonGO. If not, where have you been hiding and why didn’t you invite me?

Y’see, I told myself I wasn’t going to bother with trying to become a Pokemon Master. I told myself “Hey now, you’re 26 and your days of Pokemon training are behind you”. But then I saw the app in action. Then I downloaded it. Then I caught my first Pokemon. Now, I can’t stop. I wanna be the very best. Like no one ever was.

It’s early days. I’m only Level 4. I can’t even battle in gyms yet or do most of the cool stuff. But it feels as if I’ve got about 100 Rattata’s, 50 Pidgeys and a Zubat which was a bitch to catch. I’m ready to take on the world. I’m very aware of my addiction guys, so I thought I’d try and snap myself out of it by¬†sharing what makes a PokemonGo addict. Maybe I’ll get embarrassed of myself and give up but probably not.

You can’t stop checking your phone

You never know, a Pikachu might suddenly appear in my immediate area and OMG PIKACHU. Even though I know I’m miles away from rustling leaves, the situation could change any second. What I forget that is if it does, it’s usually yet another Rattata here to ruin my day.

You get that app crash rage

So, given that the app is buggy AF, it crashes a lot. Those servers cannot keep up with the sheer volume of Pokemon trainers out there. But when the app crashes as I’ve just caught a new Pokemon, it breaks my soul in two that the app doesn’t register it was caught when you reopen it. WOE IS ME.

You’re all about the power ups

I don’t even really understand the rules of it yet, but all I know is that I want to power up all of my Pokemon and evolve them as soon as I can.

When someone places a Pokestop lure, it’s like Christmas

Near me, there aren’t a whole lot of Pokemon. But some absolute legend put a lure on my local Pokestop (the post office up the road) and I was able to catch a Zubat, Drowsee and a Pidgey or two. Let’s ignore the fact I already have those Pokemon and just be excited for the transfer opportunities.

You can tell exactly who else is playing PokemonGo

I mean, it’s not particularly hard given that it’s everyone else glued to their phones walking slowly and occasionally stopping, stroking their phone screens a few times then moving off again.

Everyone you know who doesn’t play it hates you

They’re just so sick of hearing about either how great the app is because POKEMON and how awful it is because ARGH WHY CAN’T I LOG IN.

You wanna flip a table when you can’t catch ’em all

Maybe I’m just crap at throwing Pokeballs, but does anyone else find it difficult to catch some Pokemon sometimes? Maybe my phone is bugging out but I practically smack a Spearow in the face and it doesn’t capture it.

Bye bye phone battery

Even with the settings change to reserve battery power, PokemonGo sucks battery like a Bellsprout using Leech Life. Anyone else keep their phone charged all the time they aren’t using the app? After all, I’d hate to hit 0% when a wild Charizard appears.

You’re a bit obsessed with anything to do with PokemonGO

Whether it’s a Buzzfeed article speaking all them truths (like this one) or your new favourite tshirt letting the world know of your new obsession, you’ll read anything and everything to do with the app because lol it’s your life now.



  1. Nicola
    July 16, 2016 / 11:20 am

    I do love this game, but damn, the battery! I usually only play for fifteen minutes or so a day – my walk to the tube, and my walk back from the tube. Even after the first walk to the tube it’s noticeably lower than it normally is, especially when you consider I literally unplug it from it’s charger just as I leave the flat!

    Nicola //

    • Cat
      July 16, 2016 / 5:23 pm

      I know right?! I went out for a few hours today with my battery on 50% and when I got home it was on 1%! I used the app quite a bit though but even still it really does zap it! x

  2. July 16, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    I really don’t ‘get’ Pokemon Go. I downloaded the app when it was released in the UK because, well, everyone was. And I caught a char-something. But I’ve barely opened the app since. I just don’t get all the hype xD Haha. I never really was into Pokemon, though. Even as a kid. Maybe that’s why? x

    • Cat
      July 16, 2016 / 5:22 pm

      I was always a huge Pokemon nerd as a kid – I collected the cards, played the Gameboy and Nintendo games…so I was bound to get hooked to PokemonGo! For me it’s a lot to do with the nostalgia ūüôā I can see for those that weren’t that into it that the app isn’t that great! x

    • Cat
      July 21, 2016 / 10:36 pm

      I know right?! I didn’t think I’d get into it but I couldn’t help it in the end heh x

  3. July 23, 2016 / 11:26 am

    Everyone is complaining about Rattata, but in my area there are so many Drowzee it actually makes me cry haha! I swear, 75% of Pok√©mon I bump into are Drowzee and it’s so disheartening after a while. On the plus side, only 19 more Drowzee candy until I can evolve one of them haha?! I am so impatient with technology and I’m fully used to everything crashing, so you’d think I’d be calm about it but like you say, I get so mad! Especially when I lose a Pok√©mon I didn’t already have! It’s actually the bane of my life. I fully agree with some Pok√©mon being difficult to catch, I find Oddish & Zubat particularly difficult?! Like why?! They are some of the most common kinds! Oddish always headbutts the ball away while Zubat always dodges and I’m like ??? Really ??? I refuse to waste 7 Pok√©balls on a bloody Zubat hahah. I really need to buy a portable charger though, like, really badly. I think I lose about 10% battery every 20 minutes. Oh dear!

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    • Cat
      July 27, 2016 / 9:30 pm

      Hahaha, my area is teaming with Rattata and Drowzees so I can see both sides! I think the crashing has died down a bit now, although it’s still really annoying having to close the app and hope when you reopen it that you did actually catch the Pokemon! Zubat is a real pain to catch – there is a trick which works with some Pokemon where you start swiping the screen when the Pokemon first appears closer to the screen which seems to work. The battery thing is a nightmare – I caught a Growlithe recently when my battery was at 1%…it was tense! x

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