Which countries have a faster pace of life? What does that mean?

This study compared the pace of life in large cities from 31 countries around the world. Three indicators of pace of life were observed: average walking speed in downtown locations, the speed with which postal clerks completed a simple request (work speed), and the accuracy of public clocks. Overall, pace of life was fastest in Japan and the countries of Western Europe and was slowest in economically undeveloped countries. The pace was significantly faster in colder climates, economically productive countries, and in individualistic cultures. Faster places also tended to have higher rates of death from coronary heart disease, higher smoking rates, and greater subjective well-being. Discussion focuses on how the pace of life is intertwined with the social-psychological and community characteristics of a culture, and the central role of pace of life in defining the personality of a place and its people.

Source: “The Pace of Life in 31 Countries” from Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology

I found this study in the interesting book Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You.

If you’re curious to learn more (and don’t want to read a scientific study) the always excellent Radiolab did an amazing piece that covered the subject. You can listen to it here.

Join 25K+ readers. Get a free weekly update via email here.

Related posts:

What 10 things should you do every day to improve your life?

What do people regret the most before they die?

What five things can make sure you never stop growing and learning?


Tags:
Posted In:
Post Details