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CULTURE Older players love Pokemon Go, too Hit mobile game isn’t just for millennials
ByTaylor Dungjen | BLADE STAFF WRITERPublished on Aug. 14, 2016 | Updated 12:48 p. m.
FEA-POKEMONGO14-Tracy-MurrayTracy Murray, 51, plays PokemonGo the Toledo Zoo. Murray loves it because it helps the stage-four cancer patient be more active.THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT

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A flick of her finger across the screen of her phone, and Tracy Murray caught herself another Pidgey.

The tiny bird Pokemon, one of 151 characters in Pokemon Go, was already in Mrs. Murray’s arsenal, but, hey, the more the merrier, right?

Mrs. Murray, of Toledo, is 51 and among a strong contingent of “older” men and women who play the game on their cell phones.

StartApp, a company that tracks app downloads and usage of 600 million users, reported that 4.6 percent of Pokemon Go players are 35 to 44 years old; 2.7 percent are 45 to 54 years old; and 0.7 percent are 55 or older.

The bulk of players tracked by the company, 58.8 percent, are 18 to 24.

Researchers at the University of Toledo are working to understand why the game — which appeals most broadly to younger players — also draws in older crowds.

Joseph Dake, chair of the department of health and recreation, along with four doctoral students, surveyed adults — anyone 18 and older — about their playing behavior.

While the data are still being crunched, Mr. Dake said he heard from players that the game is used for increased exercise and helped one person overcome some anxiety.

“This person went into giving me a whole history of their anxiety, problems with mental illness, and they’re on medications. Since the game has been out, they’ve been spending more time outside and socializing and don’t feel they need their meds,” Mr. Dake said. “It’s one person volunteering their own story, but it’s still interesting.”

Just how popular is Pokemon Go? The website Vox Culture reports that more people downloaded the Go app during its first week than have downloaded the app for the dating hookup site Tinder in four years and that its current growth trajectory will soon have it surpassing Twitter.

■ 13 hours: Time it took Pokemon Go, released on July 16, to become the top-grossing app in the U.S.

■ 21 million: Number of U.S. users Pokemon Go is averaging each day, with 4-5 million downloads a day.

■ $1.6 million: Pokemon Go revenue generated per day by iPhone users alone.

■ 67: Number of countries the game is currently available in, and counting.

■ 45 minutes: Amount of time the average user spends a day playing the game.

■ Top dog: It is the most successful smartphone app in history, besting Candy Crush Saga, Draw Something, and Angry Birds.

■ 197,000: Number of Pokemon-themed Spotify playlists.

■ 645 million: Number of interactions/comments on a Facebook post about Pokemon Go as of July 19.

■ 84 percent: Percentage of Americans age 18-65 who have heard of Pokemon Go.

SOURCE: Touchstone Research, DMR Stats, chrisbrogan.com

Debbie “Tink” Martin, 59, of Toledo, has been playing Pokemon Go since July 8. The level-21 player said she enjoys the game because of its fundamental simplicity. It doesn’t hurt either that it’s helping her maintain her cool-aunt status.

“I have some very young nieces and nephews, and frankly it probably makes me feel cooler — not that I care so much about that anymore,” she said. “I’m the cool aunt, and I intend to keep that spot.”

Ms. Martin also has health issues. She’s been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which limits her physical activity.

After a day of work, when she’s got the energy left, she grabs her phone, hops in the car, and heads for downtown. She can park, find a bench to sit on (although, she says, Toledo could use more benches), or stay in the air-conditioned car if it’s too hot and capture nearby Pokemon.

They’re around the courthouse, the library. She’s having brief interactions with people she otherwise would never have seen or spoken to. She, too, is discovering parts of the city she’s never visited before.

“I discovered Glass City Cafe,” she said of the UpTown restaurant at 1107 Jackson St. “I didn’t know they’d been there for 10 years.”

Traversing the Toledo area looking for Pokemon or engaging in gym battles is fun, she said.

“And, no, I’ve never considered climbing the zoo fence,” she said, alluding to a couple who were arrested in July for doing just that.

Mrs. Murray hasn’t considered it, either, though when news of the arrests broke, curious friends sent half-joking messages wondering if she was one of the culprits.

She was not, but she does visit the zoo frequently to walk and look for Pokemon.

Mrs. Murray, a stage-four cancer patient, says the game is good for her as it gives her a reason to walk and wander.

“I don’t have good days and bad days,” she said, “I have good hours and bad hours. … I can pick it up, I can put it down.”

She was at the zoo when she caught that Pidgey and, after, went to walk with her husband, Corey, who, for the record, is not a Poke-player.

Mrs. Murray downloaded the game because her daughter, Katy Masters, 28, of Toledo, had the game and mentioned it. While Mrs. Murray was familiar with the cards and cartoon from when her daughter was younger, she said she is not a cartoon kind of person but has always loved technology, which is what, in part, drew her to the game.

She’s out more now; if she weren’t playing she’d likely be at home catching up on season seven of Game of Thrones.

“I’m more active because of it,” she said. “I was spending a lot of time on the deck and enjoying the cat and dog.”

Contact Taylor Dungjen at: tdungjen@theblade.com,

or 419-724-6054, or on Twitter @taylordungjen.



I can still feel the breeze that rustles through the trees….

I ran across this article yesterday; I thought there was a lot of interesting information.

I have spent a lot of time in the last few days with my youngest niece. She is 16. I was expounding yesterday on how important it is to just keep learning. Always follow your curiosity and investigate things that interest you.

We spent a lot of time in the car together in those days. Driving for too long makes me talk to much, my hips hurt and my hands turn into tingly messes, but I really like driving. My sister and I went out to my step-brothers on a day that’s not today (sorry – headache, brain not working correctly, I can’t remember for the life of me what day it was!) to pick up a box of things from my stepfathers house. FRIDAY! It was FRIDAY! Anyway, my stepfather has been in a nursing home for the last few months. My stepbrother let us know that basically NO ONE is visiting him. It was very surprising. The family is from a small town just over an hour from here and there are bunches of them. One of those big old extended families. My stepfather moved back to the area after my mother died. Both my sister and I assumed they were doing what families do and rotating visits.  He’s just been sitting there basically stuck in a nursing home with no company. Luckily my youngest stepbrother stepped up and has been going almost every day. So I will try to start going out there. For me it’s an hour drive, when I add my niece in it’s 90 minutes each way plus another 90 minutes for visiting, which of course isn’t that big of a deal but does take a little more planning for a four and half hour adventure! Lots of drugs loaded in first.

Speaking of loading in. So on Monday I spent a considerable amount of time tracking down a putrid smell. Eventually tracked it down to my purse! You haven’t smelled bad until you’ve smelled a piece of pork fat that’s been in your purse for three days. Makes me nauseated just thinking about it.

I AM going to make it out to Schedel Gardens today! I just keep having misses when I try to go visit. I have gotten as far as just inside the gate, and it is beautiful! You’ll see!!


How Can a Loser Ever Win…..

About every three months my website breaks. Just goes mangled. It’s very annoying! All I can do is make sure I am on the latest versions and wait for it to fix itself.

It was a busy week! I had so many things going on. It’s funny, when you fill your life with events it goes by so fast but when you look back you find it filled so much time, you don’t feel like you’ve wasted your moments. This weekend was filled with family which is always nice and has made me think I need to get an air bed to keep in reserve!

This last chemo really wrecked my insides. BUT I also really didn’t do all the things I’ve learned over the last years to protect and take care of my insides. So the last two days I have eaten the things I know I should, and taken all the supplements I know I should and I am feeling much better.j Of course, chemo is Friday again. I will try to do better this week and be ready this time.

I have another full week of adventures planned for myself! I think I will continue to take my camera with me because even though it’s not as convenient, and I don’t get that fast upload, I find it makes me think a little more, and frees up my phone for Pokemon!

I haven’t been to the gym in a week now and I won’t be able to go today! The last class of the morning it 9am, and that is unfortunately too early for me most mornings, and the first afternoon is at 4 which today will just not work. I am up to taking 13 pills at night, and 2 in the morning and that means when I wake up I have got three or four hours for my body to get stabilized usually. Frustrating? A little. Work-around-able? YUP! Well worth it to spend all the glorious moments I have in my life.

Have you tried Micellar water? After seeing commercials for all these products suddenly using it I looked it up and was intrigued. I bought some yesterday and used it last night and my skin feels fabulous! I probably won’t keep buying it because I am just too lazy to stop washing my face in the shower with soap and water but I don’t know, if I could get in the habit I would probably be doing myself a favor.



Okay, time to get up and start my day. Don’t waste your moments.


Shhh the beagle is sleeping in today.

It has been a week of almosts. Things have been just not quite right. Nothing terrible or crisisy, but not firing on all cylinders. Yesterday is an excellent example. It was a spectacularly beautiful day.   My plan was to go visit a place called Schedel Gardens. I have never been and it has been on my to do list for two years. It was cleaners day. They usually come after lunch around 12:30 and stay for an hour. So perfect. Except, I was sick. Just the oh, I ate healthy food this week and my body is pissed off sick.No worries, a pill an hour to try and stabilize. And then I waited for the cleaners. Who came at 2:15 instead of 12:30. I could have left, I do not need to be here for cleaners it was just part of my plan. I mean it worked out for the best because I could not have made the 40 minute drive earlier. So I finally hit the turnpike at 3:25. I get to the gardens at 4:01 to find out they close the gates at 4:00! It never occurred to me to check the hours. I was thinking it was a park, it would be open. Drove home.

That was my whole week. Lots of fun good stuff with near misses.

I have been working hard on the treadmill to build my endurance. I think I will take a break today. My hips are requesting a day off! Today is my daughters housewarming party,I am really looking forward to that. Just sitting and chatting with various and assorted people. Good stuff.