If you're one of the 10+ million people who have already purchased GTA 5 (and, let's face it, you are), odds are you're engrossed in exploring the satirical paradise Rockstar created. There's well over 40 hours of content to be found in Los Santos, whether you're playing tennis, throwing darts, or running over pedestrians in a trash truck.
But sometimes, long gaming sessions can lead to a bleeding effect between the real world and the fake one. No, Fox News, we don't mean that Grand Theft Auto will turn you into a murderer, but it definitely might cause you to see things in a different light--to notice things you might not have otherwise noticed. Have you been playing too much GTA? Well, if so, then we have a feeling you're guilty of some (or all) of these habits.
Oh, and there are no spoilers here, just a soul-crushing look at how GTA 5 is warping your brain.
If you see a better looking car on the road while you're driving, you think about ganking it.
You start to think that the rules of the road shouldn't apply to you…
...and you wonder why people don't drive off road more often...
...but you've stopped texting while driving because you're finally realizing how dangerous it is.
You listen to the news because you think something you did might be on it (even though it never is).
You start looking at tall buildings and wondering if there's anything cool on top.
You've begun to go limp whenever you jump because it is SO MUCH FUNNIER.
You think about tagging your friend in whenever you're being forced to do something you don't want to do.
When you see a bar you think about going in for a game of darts.
You're seriously considering picking up tennis…
...or golf. Golf seems fun, all of a sudden.
You've started to pay attention to the Stock Market and you're thinking about investing.
You're also thinking about buying real estate, because you can always turn a profit on property.
You actually consider helping strangers because it might lead to something good.
Instead of the elevator, you've begun taking the stairs because, seriously, you might as well improve your stamina.
You start to call old friends to hang out with them, because they might show up later to help you out.
You've started planning things better because you've seen how bad things go when you don't.
You're beginning to weigh the pros and cons of starting your own meth lab...
...just kidding, you've been thinking about that since you first watched Breaking Bad.
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