Scientists have known for years that videogames teach hand-eye coordination, that videogamers are more aware of their surroundings, and that they make quicker decisions than non-gamers. Knowing that, you could assume that videogaming makes people better drivers. But you know what happens when you assume, don't you?
It turns out that videogamers aren't better drivers after all: They're just more confident.
According to Jalopnik,
"Though gamers believe they're more skilled drivers, they admit to taking higher risks and making more claims on their insurance. 'It seems that while gamers develop useful skills and are more confident, they need to apply some balance with a sensible assessment of risk,' said Continental's Tim Bailey."
But worse than that, a whopping 45 percent of drivers who game suffer from road rage, compared to 22 percent of non-gamers. That guy who leaned on his horn to speed up your slow driving? That guy just finished a session of Left 4 Dead 2.
Other ways gamers are owned by non-gamers on the road include hitting stationary objects while parking (22 percent of gamers do vs. 13 percent of non-gamers) and scaring others with their driving (26 percent vs. 11 percent).
Two thousand drivers between the ages of 17 and 39 were polled, half of them gamers. And in case you were wondering, this study was conducted by Continental Tires, and not by some anti-gaming crusaders.
So why is it that gamers have more problems behind the wheel than non-gamers? Perhaps it's because gamers are used to action happening very quickly, and real-time is actually frustratingly slow for some.
Or maybe it's just because they haven't received any power-ups on I-95, or their cars don't haven't laser cannons.