The Pace of Life

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A new study of cities across the world shows people are walking faster.

The international study says people in Singapore walk the fastest at an average of 60 feet in 10.55 seconds; New Yorkers came in at number 8 with 12 seconds. Researchers say we are trying to cram as much as possible into our busy days. We’re on the go all day, every day, all around the world.

Professor Richard Wiseman of Britain’s University of Hertfordshire released the study last week, saying the pace of life in major cities is much quicker than before. “This simple measurement provides a significant insight into the physical and social health of a city,” Wiseman said. “This increase in speed will affect more people now than ever, because for the first time in history the majority of the world’s population are now living in urban centers.”

What does this mean in terms of stress? Are we trying to do too much too fast? Do we feel better trying to cram it all in–or do we feel like a failure if we can’t? Are we walking faster just to end up with a little time for ourself?

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