Study Shows Thousands Of People Play Pokemon Go While Driving
We all have a laugh and a joke about being so addicted to Pokemon Go that you play while driving - but unfortunately that’s not a joke to thousands of people…
In a new study, “more than 110,000 people” tweeted about being either a distracted driver or pedestrian while playing the game. “OMG I’m catching Pokemon and driving,” one example states.
In this study, the JAMA Network analysed 10 days of Twitter posts that contain the terms “Pokemon” and “driving,” “drives,” “drive” or “car” between the 10th and 19th of July.
After a sample of 4,000 tweets were analysed by human investigators and estimates were made based on population levels, they indicated that there were “113,993 total incidents on Twitter in just 10 days.” 18% of those indicated that the person was driving and playing Pokemon Go, 11% said they were a passenger and 4% a pedestrian.
Beyond this, JAMA Network also searched Google News for reports containing the words “Pokemon” and “driving” for the same time period, finding that 321 traffic accidents and 14 crashes were attributed to the game!
“Just saw a kid get clipped by a car trying to catch a Pokemon.” Tweet
So while Niantic claim they are taking user safety seriously - adding on-screen warnings and restricting gameplay elements when travelling at speed - do you think they’re doing enough?
WATCH WHAT HAPPENED WHEN POKEMON GO LAUNCHED IN THE UK
Joker is not an entertaining film - it is an impactful one, making for the best movie of the decade.
In the memory of my Grandad, I’m going to be a Game Hero - doing some fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support and streaming for 24 hours straight.
Here’s my pitch to resolve the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad problem of politicians lying on social media.
Does the Moleskine Metro Vertical bag and Journey luggage case make for a dynamic travelling duo? Find out in my review…
Untitled Goose Game is the gaming equivalent of a peaceful breath of fresh air, and an ultimate cure to a bad day at work.
On this, the eighth anniversary of my blog, it’s only fair that we look back at what has been a pretty significant 12 months, along with a look forward.
What is the future of consumer tech? I went to IFA 2019 to find out…
I’ve always been an Apple fan, but after that underwhelming iPhone 11 announcement, this could be the year that I turn to Android.
What can you expect from Apple’s announcement of iPhone 11?