Pokemon GO: Helping people get healthy where government has failed

Pokemon GO is helping people live healthier lifestyles, while years of paternalistic and ineffective nanny state programs and millions of wasted taxpayer dollars have failed.

The IPA’s Matthew Lesh argues in the Daily Telegraph that Pokemon GO is helping people get physically and mentally healthier:

Players are walking kilometres they would otherwise not have done, playing the game for hours and hours at a time.

Thousands of Australians are getting active, thanks to an ingenious new mobile application, not some grand government scheme.

Users have also reported the fun and excitement of the game is also helping their mental health.

Lesh argues that the market is far more effective at helping humanity than government:

The market produces countless individual and wider benefits, helping make the world a better place.

The USB flash drive is not just a helpful file transfer tool, it has saved more trees than Greenpeace.

E-cigarettes provide a substantially healthier alternative to traditional ­tobacco products, helping people quit the old habit.

And in the not-too-distant future self-driving cars have the potential to help reduce road fatalities to near zero.

Rather than focusing on how a ­government program can help address a social problem, we should think about the power of private initiatives to help humanity.

The market has extraordinary ­capacity to deliver us not only the goods and services we want and need today, but to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship that makes the world a better place.

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