HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMUTEPopular on CamTrader
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Do you like to be in a traffic jam, or to be almost smashed by dozens of metro passengers?
Millions of people don’t like it, but they are in such situation twice a day. So feel lucky if you are not one of those. But if you think it is not your business, remember that traffic jams damage air quality and cause water pollution.
By the way, those people are called commuters.
Are You A Commuter?
According to Cambridge Dictionary, commuter is someone who regularly travels between work and home. Taking it literally, you are a commuter unless you don’t work or you work at home. In reality, we refer to commuters as people who daily face long travels to work by air, rail, car, bus, bicycle, foot or some combination.
In the USA, around 25 million people spend more than 90 minutes commuting every day. More than 600,000 mega-commuters travel 90 minutes or more and 50 miles or more to work, one-way. This makes more than 3 hours a day commuting!
Those working in capital cities often face the most lengthy journey times to work, and some of the longest delays for traffic congestion. Greater New York has the longest daily commute to work. What a privilege!
How We Perceive Our Commute?
Maybe you are one of the few unusual people who enjoy commuting. Well, for most of us commutes are not fun.
According to a survey of 5,500 commuters carried out by Ford Motor Company, commuting is more stressful than the work itself. What is more, one in three people perceive commuting increasingly stressful, and more than one in four think that commutes are unpredictable. It is revealing that many people find commuting more stressful than moving to a new home or going to the dentist.
Those facts make workers leave early from home, adding 30 minutes or more to the scheduled time for commuting. Anyway, 63% of commuters are late at least once a month.
According to the University of West England, an additional 20 minutes of commuting per day have the same negative effect on job satisfaction as receiving a 19% pay cut. And according to a study made by the Office of National Statistics of UK (ONSUK), each 10 minutes of commuting time is associated with an average reduction of 2% in how people rate their life satisfaction.
How Much Time We Spend Commuting?
The top 50 worst commutes in USA range from 50 to 74 minutes, round trip. The average commuter spends 52 minutes commuting every day. This is around 20% longer than when the U.S. Census Bureau first started to monitor commutes in 1980. In UK, the average daily commuting time is 54 minutes. In other major cities of the world, it is over an hour.
If you do the math, this is 9 natural days (24 hours) per year! In other words, 27 working days (8 hours)!
Commuting And Personal Well-Being
The concept of well-being is recently playing a main role. Economic growth does not necessarily reflect quality of life. When we mention well-being, not only we consider health, but we refer to how satisfied individuals are with their lives, how often they experience different emotions, and whether they feel they are fulfilling their potential.
So, is commuting really worsening our well-being?
For many people, commuting is stressful and affects their mood. They would rather spend that time on other activities or with their families. It can bring unhappiness and create job dissatisfaction. And ultimately it could affect mental and physical health.