Teen Driving Behaviors May Be Influenced By Playing Rated Mature Video Games

According to a recent research study in APA’s online journal, Psychology of Popular Media Culture, teens who play rated Mature, risk glorifying video games are more likely to engage in risky driving behaviors (e.g., tailgating, speeding), be stopped by the police, experience increased rates of automobile accidents, and are more willing to drink and drive that than teens who do not play these games.

The study found that playing video games such as Spiderman 2, Grand Theft Auto III, and Manhunt was associated with increases in sensation seeking, rebellious behaviors, and self-reported risky driving. Higher ratings of sensation seeking and rebelliousness was more directly linked to risky driving habits, automobile accidents, police stops, and a willingness to drink and drive.

The study abstract is available at http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/ppm/1/4/244/

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