Study called Death by Pokémon GO finds increase of car crashes near PokéStops in Indiana

A new Pokémon GO-specific study issued a few days ago has found an increase of car crashes near PokéStops and other locations in which the immensely-popular mobile game is accessed. You can read on below to learn more about this study:

Death by Pokémon GO: The Economic and Human Cost of Using Apps While Driving

Using police accident reports for Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and exploiting the introduction of the augmented reality game Pokémon GO as a natural experiment, we document a disproportionate increase in crashes and associated vehicular damage, injuries, and fatalities in the vicinity of locations where users can play the game while driving. We estimate the incremental county-wide cost of users playing Pokémon GO while driving to be in the range of $5.2 to $25.5 million over the 148 days following the introduction of the game. Extrapolating these estimates to nation-wide levels yields a total ranging from $2.0 to $7.3 billion.

Source: Nber.org

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