Pokémon Go has become a phenomenon since its release last week – but it's not without its risks
Pokémon Go might be getting people to exercise more, but it’s not without its risks.
Users of the wildly popular app are reportedly tripping, falling and getting sunburned while tracking down the virtual creatures. Less cautious players are also putting themselves at risk of car accidents as they attempt to throw Pokéballs at Pikachu while driving around.
One avid user fell off his skateboard and cut his hand while moving slowly and keeping his eyes glued to his phone to search for Pokémon.
“I just wanted to be able to stop quickly if there were any Pokémons nearby to catch,” Mike Schultz, 21, told the Associated Press. “I don’t think the company is really at fault.”
Another user, 22-year-old Kyrie Tompkins, twisted her ankle on her own quest to “catch ’em all.”
“[My phone] vibrated to let me know there was something nearby and I looked up and just fell in a hole,” she told the AP.
Many other players have shared their own mishaps on social media, describing accidents ranging from small stumbles to stinging sunburn to the classic “tripping over a cinder block.”
Police are also warning users to be wary of their surroundings after a group of teenagers were recently arrested for armed robbery after allegedly using the app to lure victims to isolated locations. The O’Fallon, Missouri, Police Department told PEOPLE they believe the suspects are connected to eight cases.
“If you use this app [or other similar type apps] or have children that do we ask you to please use caution when alerting strangers of your future location,” the police warned on Facebook.