By John von Radowitz
Published: 02 May 2007
The pace of life in cities is getting faster, a study shows. Psychologists have measured the speed at which people walk and found a 10 per cent increase in the past decade.
Ten years ago, a US psychologist, Robert Levine, showed that walking speed provides a reliable measure of the pace of life in a city. Since then, that pace has speeded up, the study - from 32 countries - reveals.
The British psychologist Richard Wiseman, who led the research, said: "The pace of life in our major cities is now much quicker than before. This will affect more people than ever, because for the first time most of the world's population are living in urban centres."
Surprisingly, London is slow compared with some other cities, the results show. On the list of 32 cities compiled by Professor Wiseman, it ranked 12th.
People were in the greatest hurry in Singapore. Following in their footsteps were the residents of Copenhagen and Madrid, the two fastest-paced European cities.
The findings also explode the myth of the laid-back Irish. Dublin topped Professor Levine's table in 1997 and takes fifth place on the new list. And New York, the city that never sleeps, provided another surprise. It ranks only eighth.
There are some women that walk so fast I have a hard time keeping up. And don't get me started on the slowpokes. Can you say, "culling the herd"?