After “Do not drink and drive” comes “Do not Pokemon and drive”. According to a study, “Pokémon GO” in the US could be responsible for 140,000 traffic accidents. The calculation was based on a local accident statistics, in which 37 traffic accidents were considered, which are probably due to “Pokémon GO”.
That the consumption of video games can have a negative impact on school success and other areas of life, at least in excessive use, is well known. In the case of the “Pokémon GO” augmented reality experience, other disadvantages and curiosities came into play. There have been many reports of various surprises in the past, including sex or scheduled robberies at certain Pokéstops.
According to a recent study, “Pokémon GO” can also be a real danger. Researchers from Purdue University (Indiana) want to find out that the title alone in Tippecanoe County is responsible for numerous traffic accidents. Property damage is $ 500,000. Much more serious: At the same time there should have been 37 injured and even two dead.
The researchers projected the result across the United States and concluded that “Pokémon GO” could have caused 140,000 traffic accidents and 250 deaths in both direct and indirect ways. The financial damage is estimated at two to seven billion dollars. Whether the numbers have something to do with reality is unknown. Nevertheless, one can say: keep your eyes open in traffic.