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Table 15 shows how much individuals value certain activities and how much time they spend on them: socialising after work, for example, has a net average value of 4.12 (on a scale of 0 to 6) and people spend more than one hour daily on it. Commuting to work and working itself rank at the bottom of this list.
Actually, I have observed when I bike home from work I am much less grumpy than when I take the tube, especially if I take the tube at rush hour. When I was forced to walk home for 2 hours on 7/7 I actually felt great on arrival.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. — Euripides
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 20th, 2006 at 09:52:58 AM EST
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If commuting time isn't totally wasted - like if you're driving or stuck on overcrowded transport - it's much less stressful. If you can read or whatever it's much easier to deal with.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 20th, 2006 at 10:02:03 AM EST
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I actually enjoy my commute. I get to walk 15 minute each way, plus have 15 minutes in the metro, the most convenient place to read the papers every day (Economist in the morning, Le Monde in the evening).

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 20th, 2006 at 10:09:17 AM EST
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These data seem to be designed to make the US look as bad as possible . . .  ;)
by TGeraghty on Wed Sep 20th, 2006 at 11:04:44 AM EST
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