I do not enjoy commuting, which is why I don’t do it. Here in Connecticut we have terrible traffic… pretty much every day, despite my state being so far spread out. Actually, that is the problem. Most people have relatively long commutes for such a small state, and since there are only a few highways, they get clogged rather quickly.
But to commute an hour and a half or more to and from work every day? That seems insane… and yet, according to one study, almost 3.5 million Americans are doing this every week, a number that has almost doubled in the past twenty years.
Why do people go for marathon commutes? Somehow, they perceive the extra driving as “worth it.” Whether it is for a corner office, a higher salary, or living in a house they might not be able to afford closer to work, the motivation for this extra driving often falls into the “stuff” catagory. What they are sacrificing though is sleep, hobbies, social lives, and time with the family. But what really puzzles me is that, despite the prevalence of the internet and the rise of telecommuting (i.e. working from home) that the number of extreme commuters has almost doubled since 1990.
I don’t understand. Not one bit. The cost of gas, the wear and tear on the car, the high environmental footprint, the vampiric effect it has on one’s social life. I see a job as a means to an end… but for some people it seems like work and life hardly ever separate. What is the farthest you would travel for a commute?