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Safety Alert: Pokemon players not paying attention to the real world

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The new game Pokemon Go has created a national obsession that is making people walk around with their faces buried in their phones and it's creating some disturbing concerns.

In San Diego, one of the hot spots to hunt for Pokemon is at the Rose Garden in Balboa Park.

"We've all driven up here to come play. This is actually one of the best spots to play," said Fred Clark.

According to Game Empire's owner, Clifford Robbins, unlike traditional video games, one of the benefits of playing Pokemon is that it's getting him and his kids out of the house.

"It's reaching so many different age groups. I've seen retirees playing, five-year-olds playing. It's exploding like crazy. It gives people the feeling like gold mining, but you're looking for virtual items," said Robbins.

As people become more attached to their phones, Pokemon has also created new dangers.

"I've seen kids do really stupid things when they are hunting Pokemon and it's something parents gotta keep an eye on," said Robbins.

In Baltimore, the game caused a driver to crash into a cop car. In San Diego, two men fell of a cliff in Encinitas.

A recent story showed that 60-percent of people who have downloaded Pokemon use it daily, and they are staying on for an average of more than 43 minutes a day.

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