Isn't It Weird That
Isn't It Weird That...
A weird thing we noticed about KOMO's reporting on long commutes.
A quick Isn't It Weird That while we wait for this afternoon's historic city council vote for a $15 minimum wage....
Isn't It Weird That ... KOMO News reports that people who commute to work (as opposed to working from home) experience diminished health, higher stress, and lower life satisfaction than people who don't, and that those problems get worse the longer the commute takes?
"In big studies the length of your commute correlates with how fat you are (and) whether you're likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes, problems like that," a doctor KOMO interviews says, and the effects are, in the words of the reporter, "Unequivocally bad for even bus riders."
That's a weird conclusion not because sitting in traffic behind the wheel of a car isn't stressful—obviously, it is—but because the report on which KOMO bases its breathless analysis explicitly singles out public transit and biking as two modes of commuting that don't have the same stressful impact as driving a car.