As PokÃ©mon Go continues its global ambush on productivity, many are questioning the gameâ€™s staying power. Are we in the midst of a fad thatâ€™ll soon die down as quickly as it arrived or will the game stick around for the long haul?
While the answer isnâ€™t immediately obvious, we do know that for some parents, the gameâ€™s influence will linger for many years to come. Thatâ€™s because some people are borrowing from the PokÃ©mon Go character set to name their newborns (yeah, you canâ€™t make this stuff up).
According to BabyCenter, the names of some PokÃ©mon Go characters have recently spiked in popularity. Fortunately, it isnâ€™t quite as bad as it could be as parents are going with more subtle names like Evee, Onyx and Roselia, which have jumped 1,394 spots, 2,191 spots and 5,896 spots compared to a year ago, respectively.
That not a sheer coincidence, either. BabyCenter reports that in a recent survey, nearly 50 percent of the moms in its community said they are actively playing PokÃ©mon Go.
Then again, one shouldnâ€™t really be all that surprised as pop culture-inspired baby names are a regular occurrence. Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Frozen and House of Cards, the site says, have all served as inspirations for baby names in recent memory.
BabyCenterâ€™s editor in chief said parents are always looking to pop culture for baby name inspiration and, right now, it doesnâ€™t get hotter than PokÃ©mon Go.