Study Says Games And Movies Like GTA And Fast & Furious Gear Teens Up For Aggressive Driving

A recent study polled 1,000 drivers in regards to what impact they felt computer games, films and TV shows have on teens when it comes to getting behind the wheel of a car. Forty per cent of them said that video games made “bad driving look cool.”

Meanwhile, more than 1 in 3 drivers felt that movies and TV shows rarely show the consequences of driving dangerously, with 29% agreeing that teens’ attitudes were negatively influenced by movies such as The Fast and The Furious.

According to pre-17 driving experts Young Driver, such flicks can affect even more experienced drivers, with one in 10 (9%) admitting that seeing a cool car stunt made them think of how great it would be for them to actually try it. That percentage goes up to 22% if its just drivers aged 18-24.

As for parents, when asked if they believed that driving games actually give teens the chance to drive recklessly in a safe environment, only one in 10 (11%) agreed it that it was a good way of “getting it out of their system.”

“Teenage brains are still developing and that continues well into the twenties. The last area to develop is the prefrontal cortex, which is the brain’s ‘control centre’, necessary for tasks such as self-control, decision-making, risk analysis and saying no,” said teen expert Nicola Morgan

“So, at 17 years old, teens do not generally have a fully developed control centre to help them make good decisions and control their emotional urges, including risk-taking. If they have a risk-taking mindset, they may put thrill before safety; and even if they don’t mean to, they may be more driven by excitement than reason.”

Motoring expert Quentin Wilson added: “We don’t know the effects that games like GTA and Need for Speed have on teen attitudes to road safety simply because the research hasn’t been done yet. But at Young Driver we see every day that if you catch pre-teen kids who haven’t yet been corroded by the glorification of bad driving in films, on TV and through gaming, they’re much more receptive to road safety messages.”

Research points to young drivers who had early tuition being half as likely to have an accident within the first six months after passing their driving exam. A sad fact is that one in five drivers in the UK will usually crash in those first few months.

  • Jarosław Kotowicz

    I’m 28 years old and Im playing GTA since I was 10 years old. I can say only one thing: bullshit.

    • salamOOn

      well, then we need to play it more often!

    • Six_Tymes

      aggressive reply.

    • Dark Rebel

      Sounds like there is another agenda here. Call me crazy but the things the article talks about are things that guys traditionally like to do by a large margin.

  • McFly

    This isn’t science, it’s marketing.
    I see absolutely nothing in this article that shows that there was a study that proved that games made people drive aggressively.

    There is a good rule: if there is a company name in the fourth paragraph, you know who’s paying for the message.
    (It’s in the third paragraph this time. Close enough.)

  • Howfarr

    Now ask people who actually drive everyday what makes them more aggressive;
    1) Video games
    2) Other peoples bad driving

    • Howfarr


    • KAG25

      Mini vans cutting me off

    • Bash

      Generally people pick any lane they want and drive at any speed they want.

  • salamOOn

    it is not because of the games or films. its because of their brain capacity, intelligence and parenting.

  • KAG25

    Because street Racing only Started with FF, not in the 40’s. I call bull.

  • Bill Nguyen

    Sure, but it also improves their reaction times, thus reducing accidents! So it balances out!

  • Bo Hanan

    I can see where it might create a false sense of confidence to a younger driver.

  • ace_9

    Yeah, yeah, same as with people shooting each other because of action games 🙂 Only mentally ill people don’t distinguish between reality and game. Besides, many people don’t play any racing games, yet they drive aggressively anyway.

  • Bash

    No $HiT. I mean Duh! Who said we needed a study to proof that?!!

  • Mr. EP9

    Bad study, bad sample size; literally ZERO connection mentioned or proven that games and movies influence aggressive driving behavior in teens. How such a conclusion was reached when “We don’t know the effects that games like GTA and Need for Speed have on teen attitudes to road safety simply because the research hasn’t been done yet” is beyond me.

    • McFly

      Again, it’s just a press release from a company who sells traffic lessons to kids. It’s not research.

  • Eythan Aldrich

    Indeed….. I criticized this BS study for what? nothing….

  • Eythan Aldrich

    I’ve been watching movies and playing games related to automobiles for a long time….and this study I find is 100%…no wait….over 9000% BS!!

  • FlameWater

    I’ve been playing GTA since I was a child, why haven’t I become a serial killer yet?

  • MarketAndChurch

    Studies are meaningless. Most of them are done by people set on their findings leading to the exact conclusions they want.

    • McFly

      That’s wrong, if we are talking about actual research. Because for every scientist who wants to prove something there are ten who want to prove him wrong. It’s called peer review.

      The “study” in this article however, isn’t science. Most probably just it’s an online survey from OnePoll.

  • Vassilis

    I started playing GTA (1) when I was 14. I didn’t do stupid things on the road when I got a driving license 5 years later. A teenager who can tell between right and wrong won’t be affected by video games or anything else for that matter.

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