Wed, Mar 29, 2017 | updated 10:48 AM IST

Playing 'Pokemon GO' is expressing inner desire to hunt: Study

Updated: Oct 02, 2016 10:19 IST
Washington D.C. [USA], Oct. 2 (ANI): Catching imaginary creatures in 'Pokemon GO' or bird hunting or wildlife photography are sheer ways to express the inner hunting desire for an individual, a recent study suggests.

Lead researcher Vladimir Dinets, used himself as a case study to demonstrate that at least some humans do have a hunting instinct or, more precisely, an innate interest in finding and catching prey.

"To prove such a theory, you don't need a large sample size; you need just one well-documented case," he said.

Hunting has played a major role in human history, helping humans survive and populate the world. But do we have an inherited hunting instinct, like dogs, cats and other predators?

"It is possible that we all have the hunting instinct, but it has never been proven," Dinets said.

To probe this question, Dinets looked to his own childhood. His father, Leonid Kaabak, a chemist, has had a lifelong hobby of chasing, catching and studying rare butterflies.

Yet after his parents divorced, Dinets grew up in a family where no one had an interest in wild animals or the natural world.

From the age of 3, however, Dinets has shown an interest in wildlife. By the time he was 5, he would spend every summer combing suburban forests for animals of all kinds, from insects to mammals.

This passion was so intense that he kept "hunting" during the rest of the year, when he moved to the central part of Moscow, a city of 10 million people.

He would spend a lot of time looking for birds in city parks and, weather permitting, for beetles and worms in vacant lots and lawns.

In his searches, he noted that he instinctively used certain patterns known to tribal hunters worldwide.

By age 12, he had switched from simply chasing animals to observing them, and began a seven-year study of the European mink, a rare and endangered mammal, that was later published in a scientific journal.

He eventually earned a doctorate in zoology and now specializes in studying animal behavior.

He still enjoys finding rare species and often travels to remote parts of the world to search for them. He is the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Finding Mammals in North America.

"The recent explosive popularity of the Pokemon Go game, which allows players to hunt for virtual animals across a real terrain, shows how addictive such proxies can be and how many people can enjoy hunting-like behavior despite being city dwellers completely isolated from natural environments," Dinets said.

He added, "The take-home message of the study is that we have predatory instincts and have to be aware of them. But this doesn't mean that we have to be real predators; instead, we can follow these instincts in more intelligent ways."

The study was published recently in the open-access journal Humanimalia.(ANI)

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 29 (ANI): A new research suggests that parents who play Pokemon Go with their kids report a number of side benefits such as including increased exercise, more time spent outdoors and opportunities for family bonding.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): PyotrIlyich Tchaikovsky's classical ballet 'Swan Lake', one of classical ballet's most beloved pieces, is set to come alive on the Indian stage as NavrasaDuende, a leading production house, announces to collaborate with Moscow-based Royal Russian Ballet and enthral the Indian audience.

Full Story >>

Philadelphia [US], Mar. 28 (ANI): Mural Arts Philadelphia has created thousands of murals over its more than 30-year history, and each one has a unique story, connecting communities through public art. In 2017, Mural Arts has added new opportunities to hear some of those stories first-hand on several tours that visit a wide swath of neighborhoods across the City of Philadelphia.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Mar. 28 (ANI): While finding a perfect partner seems like a tough job to many, the fact is, the effort that needs to be put in retaining that partner can be a painstaking process.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): The 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival lineup is now official, and this year's two-weekend extravaganza at the Empire Polo Club in Indio is sure to be one for the ages, with Radiohead, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar headlining the performances between April 14 and April 23.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): In an emphatic show of courage and hope, survivors of acid attack victims recently took to the ramp at a unique fashion show at the India Showcase Week, demolishing stigma and redefining the concept of beauty.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): From getting your child ready for school to sorting the daily chores- mornings are super hectic for women, especially the working ones.

Full Story >>

This summer, enjoy sweat-free workout

Updated: Mar 28, 2017 12:41 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): As summer draws close, Reebok has yet again come up with an exciting range of its ActivChill apparel for a more sweat-free workout!

Full Story >>

New Delhi, Mar.28 (ANI): Cuemath, the premier program for 'math excellence' for students in KG to grade 8 organized a prestigious one day event to honour its wide network of Cuemath Teachers in Delhi recently.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Mar. 28 (ANI): With progress in technology, people's view towards things change, of course on a positive note.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Mar. 28 (ANI): From our very young age, we're told cheating is wrong and we should all be faithful to our partners.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 28 (ANI): If you have a particular tree nut allergy, then generally you are being asked to avoid every kind of nuts.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Mar. 28 (ANI): Does your boss nag and expect a lot from you? Here's a solution to keep up to their expectations- take a power nap in the afternoon!

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): From neighborhood boutique hotels to luxury hotels that are five-star, five diamond retreats; it's easy to fall in love with Beverly Hills.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Mar. 27 (ANI): A study finds that people who are exposed more to entertainment television are less cognitively sophisticated and socio-politically engaged, suggesting the reason as to why populist politicians come to power.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 27 (ANI): If Sleeping Beauty were here today in a fairytale adventure in India, she would probably attribute her sound sleep to Springfit Mattresses. No wonder, the Indian brand has chosen the sultry Bipasha Basu and her better half Karan Singh Grover as the Brand Ambassadors of Springfit Mattresses' and launched the Young and Trendy Autograph Collection along with a TVC shoot for the brand at Film City at the hands of the power couple alongside Nitin Gupta, Executive Director, Springfield Mattresses and SK Malhotra, Head, Sales and Marketing of the brand.

Full Story >>

Video games help to fight depression?

Updated: Mar 27, 2017 12:32 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): Do you know video game can be an effective treatment if your child is undergoing depression?

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): If you are much into watching entertainment channels on TV, then according to a study, you are more likely to vote for populist politicians.

Full Story >>

Choose sunscreen according to your skin tone

Updated: Mar 27, 2017 09:46 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): Sun protection is essential throughout the year, but it gets yet more important during the summers. Protecting the skin from excessive exposure is the only way to prevent it from aging, sun burns, and skin discoloration. The ultimate solution of any sun protection regimen is the proper and regular use of a high SPF sunscreen.

Full Story >>