Thursday, March 22, 2007


Researchers at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, say drivers who play racing video games are more likely to take risks behind the wheel. The team conducted three studies, published in the American Psychological Association's Journal of Experimental Psychology, that found players of the games tend to be more aggressive drivers and are more prone to accidents, The Telegraph newspaper of London reported Monday. Two of the studies found that interviewees admitted to having more aggressive feelings toward driving and to taking more risks after playing the games, while the third, which employed the use of a driving simulator, found that men took more risks on the simulator after playing the games. The amount of risk-taking was not increased for women. "Risky media content, as provided by racing games, activates feelings of arousal and excitement related to increased risk taking ... at least in men," said team member Peter Fischer. We conclude that playing computer games could provoke unsafe driving. "Road traffic practitioners should bear in mind the possibility that racing games indeed make road traffic less safe, not least because game players are mostly young adults, acknowledged as the highest accident-race group." This concerns driving. What about all the violent games? I haven't seen any real studies yet. Lots of suppositions,but no in depth work.

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