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Fact: Playing video games can help speed up reaction times and make a person more sensitive to the environment around them. A study by researchers at the University of Rochester found that people who play video games are generally better at multi-tasking, reading small print and even driving.

On the flip side of this study is one put together by Continental Tires, which shows that gamers also tend to take more risks behind the wheel. On average, 22 percent of gaming drivers reported being stopped by the police, compared to 13 percent on non-gamers. 31 percent of gamers have run a red light in the last 12 months while just 14 percent of non-gamers make the same claim.

Even more glaring is that 45 percent of the gaming drivers polled said they suffer from road rage while only 22 percent of the non-video game playing respondents stated the same. Honestly, judging from the typical morning commute in some major cities (and from the image above, which was captured while playing Gran Turismo 5), we bet both of those figures are just a wee bit on the low side.

[Source: University of Rochester, Jalopnik]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems true to me. I've played my fair share of videogames back in the day and I suffer from a bit of road rage. It's irritating having to deal with people cutting me off, switching lanes without signaling, leaving their signal on, signaling one way but turning the other, slamming their brakes on the slightest of turns (on the hwy) and failing to check their blind spots before nearly slamming into me day in and day out. Such is the stuff you have to deal with in LA traffic I suppose.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There are three types of lies. Lies, damn lies, and statistics.

      A vast majority of younger, inexperienced people play video games. A vast minority of older experienced drivers do not play video games.

      Could there be a correlation?

      I think so.
        • 4 Years Ago
        *vast majority of older, experienced drivers do not play video games

      • 4 Years Ago
      Research costs time and money to do, so I'm trying to figure out what kind of dog Continental Tires has in this fight. Are they hoping to show that gamers are more aggressive drivers and thus need to buy stickier compound Continental Tires? And will they be buying "billboard" signs on Forza 4 to target these consumers?
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is the game world and there is reality. If you have trouble telling the difference, you should avoid the former and spend more time in the latter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GT-R always secretly wanted to be a gallardo lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ya and it's faster and also cheaper then one too lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      But generally gamers are younger than non gamers. and younger is more reckless and hot headed. like to see the demographics on this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait, you mean that damage is turned ON in real life? WTF?
        • 4 Years Ago
        This "real life" server is stupid. Damage on, HUD off, friendly fire on, radar off...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Count me out of that pointless generalization. I get my speed lust out on the PS3 and drive with consideration for other people´s (as well as my own) safety in the real world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a terrible headline and just bad scientific interpretation of the study. You are looking at correlation, not causation. Seems more likely to me that risk-prone drivers would be more attracted to driving games (which it doesn't look like they controlled for, and skews the stats) precisely because they want to experience driving with fewer consequences, as opposed to a weak assumption that gamers are just inherently disconnected from reality due to their hobby.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly the point I was going to make, only you wrote it better than I would have. Ladies and gentlemen, written above is the truth.

        Personally, I get my driving aggression out in racing games, autocross and at the kart track. Of course, aggressive and reckless behavior in a controlled or digital environment is safer, it never leads to good lap times. Those of us in the know realize that a cool head is the key to winning races and getting to work in one piece.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A very intelligent and eloquent statement! :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't get road-rage. I get road-even.
      • 4 Years Ago
      and this study is practical because?????? Obviously we don´t drive as we play. We don´t have to worry about damage, insurance, etc in the virtual world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm guilty.
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