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At Least It’s Not Just Me

I have a lot of pet peeves. One major one being people that walk slowly, walk against the “flow of traffic” in malls and stuff, and people who don’t walk on moving walk ways.  I’ve always thought that it was just me, and that it was totally unwarranted and me just being cranky.

But, as it turns out, I am not alone! I just came across on article on about “sidewalk rage”. It’s a real thing! They did studies and everything!

According to University of Hawaii psychology professor Leon James, in any crowded place, 20 percent of people will break the accepted pedestrian norms by walking “upstream” or not adhering to the flow of foot traffic. James, who had to come to terms with his own aggressive walking on the crowded streets of Honolulu, developed a Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome Scale to help determine whether someone suffers from sidewalk rage.

If any of these apply to you, it could be time for a, uh, change of pace: You have disparaging thoughts about other pedestrians; you brush past slow-moving pedestrians and then cut back in front of them with little room to spare; you feel competitive with other walkers; you exhibit hostility by staring, glaring or giving a mean look; you don’t apologize after coming into close contact, sideswiping or bumping another pedestrian; and you don’t yield when it would be polite to do so.

So there you have it! I’m not crazy! Do you have this same pet peeve?

Read more on this study here.

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