I saw a recently a study that reported “those who play a lot of race video games – games where you drive fast – will also drive fast in real life”. The study explained that a great amount of those reckless drivers were also heavy consumers of video games.
That’s sounds pretty logical, but there’s a tiny problem…
You can draw a different conclusion from the study. Like… instead of saying “race video games make people drive fast” you could say “those who drive fast will start playing lots of racing video games”. In this new conclusion it’s the habit of fast driving that leads these people to play games (or the fact that these people simply like driving fast, and also like to play games where you drive fast).
This is good example where researches draw conclusions too fast. I must point out that my conclusion is not necessarily right. I’m simply saying that based on the data they showed, I could draw a different conclusion.
Believing some research only by seeing it in the news is not necessarily such a good idea.