Commuters can experience greater stress than fighter pilots going into battle or riot policemen, a new study says.
I am not surprised.
Dr Lewis, who measured the stress levels of the commuters for five years, has identified a syndrome he calls "commuter amnesia", where people forget large parts of their journey because of stress.
"The survey suggests an average commute is between 45-60 minutes," he said.
"That is at least a working day a week that you are losing completely out of your life.
"Switching off the mind, turning people into zombies for 90 minutes, seems to me a quite appalling waste of talent."
Dr Lewis said commuting makes people feel "frustrated, anxious and despondent".
No kidding. Of course, there is no reason to passively waste time commuting. I overcame my tendency to become nausiated when reading on the bus and am now able to read, or listen to lectures and music on my iPod. Most people I know do the same - listen to music, read, or peruse newspapers. Perhaps British trains are even more crowded than NYC's, but I am sure many people still manage to make the commute less than a complete brain waste.