Lengthy commutes increase loneliness

  • 11 Nov - 17 Nov, 2017
  • Mag The Weekly
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Growing commute times for workers is taking a toll on job satisfaction. A recent study from researchers at the University of the West of England found that workers equate a 20-minute increase in commute time with a 19 per cent pay cut in terms of job satisfaction.

Lengthy commutes have been correlated with an increase in feelings of loneliness, stress, and anxiety. As per statistics based in the UK, a growing number of workers are commuting longer distances to their offices, amid rising housing costs in many urban areas. Some 3.7 million British workers spent at least two hours on their daily commute in 2015, a 32 per cent increase from 2010 and average commute times are on the rise in the US, increasing by 20 per cent since 1980.

Most of the developed cities around the world are facing the problem of longer commutes following traffic jams. Traffic woes in Karachi have also worsened the situation of commuters following long hours of traffic jams, as well as infrastructure development taking place near the city’s main arteries.