One in six Americans commutes an hour and a half a day. It makes us more angry, less happy, increases back pain and triples our risk of heart attack.
I hate commuting. Hate. It. Not only is it simply no fun sitting in a rush hour parking lot, I’m stingy about my time. Even if I’m wasting it sitting on the couch, it’s my time. If I have to commute an hour or two a day, that’s time devoted to work that I’m not being paid for.
Now it turns out that it’s not only annoying, it’s very, very bad for your health. Check this new infographic from CollegeatHome.com.
It goes without saying that the US could use better mass transit, and when places like Denver (my old city) and Seattle (my new one) build light rail people flock to it. Maybe if the information in the infographic here becomes more widely known we’ll see a greater push for strategies to de-stress our workdays.
PS: This is also a fantastic job of communicating. Infographics are getting more and more popular, and done properly they can quickly and clearly convey all kinds of information. They’re no substitute for actually reading the full report, just as Twitter isn’t a substitute for, well, anything. But this one drives it point home, doesn’t it?