We’ve heard studies of Pokemon Go helping people lead a healthier life, perhaps even extending it as a result, but at the other end of the spectrum, a new study has shown that Pokemon Go may lead to serious traffic accidents and death.
In a recent study by Purdue University, researchers Mara Faccio and John J. McConnell came to the conclusion that Pokemon Go may lead to a 26.5% increase in traffic accidents at intersections within 100 metres of a Pokestop. This conclusion was done after investigating 12,000 incident reports near Tippecanoe County, Indiana, before and after the game’s release.
According to their research, should the game not launch, a total of $498,567 additional cost of vehicle damage, 31 additional injuries, and two additional deaths across the county would have been prevented.
In their lengthy report, which you can read here, they went on to justify the cause of accidents and research methods. However, if I were to condense the what I think it the desired outcome of the paper, it is to tell everyone to be mindful of their surroundings and do not play and drive at the same time.