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I'm Not A Creepy Weirdo But PokeStop Scanning Makes Me Feel Like One

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I’ve been paying a lot more attention to my Field Research tasks in Pokemon Go lately thanks to a particularly demanding Special Research assignment.

Go Tour: Johto’s Masterwork assignment, Apex, requires you to complete an exhausting 100 Field Research tasks. I’ve been working on them for about an hour every day since the end of March, and I’m a little over halfway done.

One of the quickest and most reliable Field Research tasks I can do everyday involves scanning my local PokeStop, a feature added in 2020 that has since become fairly controversial in the community.

There are theories that Niantic is using the feature to root through your phone or to determine which PokeStops should be removed, but all I know for sure is that I feel like a total creep whenever I do them.

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