Wharton Professor: Why Pokémon Go Went Viral

A phone running the Pokemon GO App

When it comes to viral phenomenon, Wharton marketing professor and New York Times best-selling author Jonah Berger knows why some things catch on—and why some don’t. He was recently interviewed by GOOD to discuss the Pokémon Go craze, and argued that the game’s crazy success is due to the fact that it’s so public—

“Playing Pokémon Go is a very public, observable thing. People often imitate what others are doing, so the easier it is to see that other people like something, the faster it catches on. Built to show, built to grow.”

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