We often describe our lifestyles as rushed and all agree that we are living in an increasingly fast world. Our reliance on technology such as the Internet and mobile phones has probably contributed to us becoming less patient, and cramming more and more into a day. We know this instinctively – It seems however that the pace of life really is speeding up.
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% since 1994.
The steepest acceleration was found in Asian “tiger” countries such as China and Singapore, which have experienced particularly marked social and economic change. Pedestrians in these nations walk between 20% and 30% faster than they did in the early 1990s.
Richard Wiseman, a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, who led the study, said that the results were significant because walking speed was a good indicator of the pace of people’s lives.