GTA Online: Lifestyle and Character Stats

By now you've hopefully had a chance to check out the multiplayer part of GTA V - Grand Theft Auto Online. Beyond "choosing" the looks of your online character (which is actually done based on heritage - something we'll cover later) you also need to choose what sort of lifestyle your character will lead. That's what we're talking about in this article.

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Your lifestyle selection is pretty important because it will in turn affect what sort of skills your character has in the game (for example - good at driving and not so good at shooting). Lifestyle will also affect how you look, to an extent, and what sort of clothes you'll have access to.

How it works is that you basically have a rolling 24 hour window in which to spend time doing seven different activities (things like sports, partying, family-time, etc). What you choose to do will determine what skill-set you have, as set out in the table below. One thing though - you need to spend at least 4 hours in the sleeping slot every 24 hours. And don't worry, this will all make sense in-game!


Friends and Family

Increases skills Stamina Driving
Decreases skills Shooting

Sports and Exercise

Increases skills Stamina Strength Lung Capacity
Decreases skills Shooting Driving

Legal Work

Increases skills Stamina Stealth Flying
Decreases skills Driving

Hanging Around

Increases skills Flying Driving Lung Capacity
Decreases skills Stamina Strength


Increases skills Shooting Stealth
Decreases skills Stamina Strength Flying Lung Capacity

Illegal Work

Increases skills Shooting Driving
Decreases skills Lung Capacity


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Matt Gibbs

Matt first came across the Grand Theft Auto series when he rented GTA III from his local video store, and it's been an obsession since. After playing through every GTA game since then, he decided to start GTA BOOM (initially in preparation for the launch of GTA V and as a way to document the hype, news and rumors about the then upcoming game. When Matt isn’t editing the content on BOOM, you’ll find him working on the server or making other improvements to the site, helping to update our library of guides and make them more useful for readers. Find Matt on LinkedIn or Twitter.