Gamers More Likely to Crash, Study Says
Now, this is also where the problem is, as shown by a study conducted at the request of tire manufacturer Continental on 2,000 British motorists. According to the findings of the study, those who feel king of the roads in a video game tend to do the same in real life.
The thrill games like Need for Speed or Gran Turismo give us all has a tendency to accompany us behind the wheel of whatever car we drive. The study shows that players are 44 percent more likely to take unnecessary risks while behind the wheel than the ones who don't play. At the same time, gamers are also worse at performing easy maneuvers, like parking and such.
“They can take more risks than non-gaming drivers, possible due to the lack of real consequence in games," Continental Tires spokesman Tim Bailey was quoted as saying by CarsGuide. "They believe that any problem can be solved by resetting their game."
On the other hand, we all know that video games can be successfully used to improve attention and reaction time. The Continental study does show that but, as usual, the question arises: do the benefits outweigh the dangers? Because, we all know, the fun you have while playing far outweighs both.