The pace of life is speeding up: scientists have discovered that pedestrians all over the world are walking faster than a decade ago.
An experiment conducted in 32 cities has revealed that average walking speeds have increased by about 10 per cent since 1994. Psychologists said the findings reflected the way that technology such as the internet and mobile phones had made people more impatient, leading them to cram more and more activities into a day.
Met zijn allen dus mager en gezond door het reppen naar onze last-minute afspraken en de mobiele telefoon? Helaas:
As people move faster they become less likely to help others, and also tend to have higher rates of coronary heart disease.
Professor Wiseman said: “While the effect of stress itself is actually quite small, what happens is that as people get more stressed and hurried they spend less time with their friends, they don’t have time to exercise, they eat poorly, and they drink and smoke more. It’s these factors that build up to cause the risk.”