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Gamers Are Bad Drivers: Study

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Posted February 2, 2011 - By Stephen Johnson

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

According to a study conducted by a U.K. tire concern Continental Tires, video game players are really bad drivers, specifically, people who play driving games. They are more likely to crash into stationary objects than non-gamers. They're more likely to speed. They take bigger risks. They're more likely to use the cell while driving. They're twice as likely to have "road rage." They get ticketed more.

2,000 people between the ages of 17 and 39-- half gamers, half not-- were quizzed about their gaming habits and the results were striking. 22 percent of gamers reported being stopped by police, as compared to 13 percent of non-gamers. 30 percent of gamers had made insurance claims, while only 15 percent of non-gamers made claims.

The full results are under the cut:

COMPARISON OF THOSE WHO DO AND DON'T PLAY DRIVING COMPUTER GAMES    
  DO  
% stopped by police     22 13
% who use mobile when driving      19 12
% ever made a claim for an accident  30 15
% run a red light in last 12mnths 31 14
% driven wrong way down 1-way street 13           10
% hit stationary object when parking 22            13
% accidently clipped a car but kept quiet   19 11
% take risks (accelerate too quickly, overtake) 44 21
% suffer road rage 45 22
% who speed   25 13
% scare others with their driving    26  11
Attempts before passing test  2 3
No. of prangs (dents) to their vehicle in last 12months 1 2

                                                       

You could view these numbers as evidence that gaming makes people worse drivers, but I choose to think of it more like this: People who don't play video games are just a bunch of wusses!  They drive too slowly, refuse to run redlights, and otherwise drive like my aunt Mimi!

Source: Jalopnik

Tags: Cars, Videogames
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