Sidewalk Rage Could Just be Due to Impatience
Sidewalk Rage exists, researchers say.
The condition occurs when people get annoyed by those clogging up streets and walking slowly in front of them. In major walking cities, like New York, San Francisco and even Washington D.C., getting angry while walking is just as real as road rage.
Many researchers are now studying the concept, and one has even developed a Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome Scale to measure how people express their fury.
Believe it or not, there are scientists who study "sidewalk rage," and one has even come up with a 15-question Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome Scale to quantify the problem.
So ask yourself, honestly, if you regularly engage in this sampling of bad pedestrian behaviors, adapted from Dr. Leon James' full list:
1. Have denigrating thoughts about other pedestrians.
2. Act in a hostile manner (staring, presenting a mean face, moving faster or closer than expected).
3. Fail to yield to another pedestrian when it's the polite thing to do.
4. Walk by a slower moving pedestrian and cut back too soon.
5. Mutter at other pedestrians.
Take the test and tell us do you think you have sidewalk rage?