Thursday, May 03, 2007

Singaporeans Walk the Fastest?

I doubt the veracity of the study. What happened to Hong Kong? Do not Hongkies walk even faster than Sinkies? It's strange that Hong Kong can't even be found on the list when it's supposed to be at the top or at least among the top few. Even my colleague who migrated from Hong Kong to Singapore testifies to the fact that Hongkies do walk faster than Sinkies.

Everyone is in the rat race. At the end of the race, we realise we are just rats. What a miserable and meaningless existence heh? Rushing all our lives just to be the front-rat?
TODAY, Thursday, 03rd May, 2007
Another first for Singapore: Fastest walkers in the world
Loh Chee Kong
FROM airports to public housing, Singapore has achieved many firsts. Now,
the bustling city has landed a less welcomed honour - its pace of life is
literally the fastest.
According to an international study by a British psychology professor,
renowned for his quirky experiments, Singapore left 34 other cities
including Madrid, Guangzhou, New York and London, trailing in its wake as
the "fastest-moving city".
Landing the title of the world's fastest walkers, Singaporeans clocked
the shortest time of just over 10 seconds (10.55 seconds) to walk a
distance of over 18 metres (60 feet or about 4.5 car lengths). This was
followed by Copenhagen (10.82 seconds) and Madrid (10.89 seconds).
With the help of British Council researchers, Professor Richard Wiseman,
who had famously led an experiment in 2001 to find the world's funniest
joke, had timed the walking speed of 35 men and women at each of the city
In Singapore, the experiment was conducted on Orchard Road.
According to Mr Michael White, adviser to the British Council Science
Department, the experiment was carried out in all the cities during
identical times on a single day last year, on "a busy street with a wide
pavement that was flat, free from obstacles and sufficiently uncrowded to
allow people to walk along at their maximum speed".
Said Mr White: "(The researchers) only monitored adults who were on their
own, and ignored anyone holding a mobile telephone conversation or
struggling with shopping bags."
The results of Singapore's brisk walkers showed an increase of over 30 per
cent when compared to a similar study by an American academic in 1994,
which had also established that pedestrians' speed of walking provides a
reliable measure of the pace of life in a city. It also said that people
in fast-moving cities have higher rates of coronary heart disease.
Back then, Singapore ranked just 15th on the survey, which was topped by
In the current test, European cities dominated the top 20 rankings, which
included three Asian cities with Guangzhou coming in fourth while Tokyo
ranked 19th.
Overall, the pace of life in the world has risen by 10 per cent between
1994 and now, with Asian cities registering the highest increase.
"The pace of life in our major cities is now much quicker than before.
This increase in speed will affect more people than ever, because for the
first time in history, the majority of the world's population are now
living in urban centres," said Prof Wiseman.
He also told British newspaper The Times: "What happens is that as people
get more stressed and hurried, they spend less time with their friends,
they don't have time to exercise, they eat poorly and they drink and smoke
more. It's these factors that build up to cause the risk."
And the most slow-moving city on that list? Malawi's Blantyre, where
pedestrians averaged 31.6 seconds - about three times longer than
Singaporeans - to walk the same distance.


Blogger Mark said...

that's a load of complete and utter bollocks!

there must have been a sale on.

Friday, May 18, 2007 at 9:24:00 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mockingbird said...

To Mark: Complete and utter bollocks indeed. Ha, ha, ha...! :D

Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 11:38:00 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Parka said...

And I guess that not many people even know why they are walking that fast. It's not as if they will earn more money with the time they save.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 9:07:00 AM GMT+8  

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