My brother reports on a phenomenon called “sidewalk rage” where you go off on the fool[s] waddling along in front of you as you try to walk somewhere.
Researchers say the concept of “sidewalk rage” is real. One scientist has even developed a Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome Scale to map out how people express their fury. At its most extreme, sidewalk rage can signal a psychiatric condition known as “intermittent explosive disorder,” researchers say. On Facebook, there’s a group called “I Secretly Want to Punch Slow Walking People in the Back of the Head” that boasts nearly 15,000 members.
I certainly am frustrated frequently by apparently healthy people dawdling along in front of me. It happens everywhere. At airports, at malls, in lines. Everywhere. What’s so hard about walking at a good pace?
I’m frustrated, but I haven’t ‘raged’ yet. Perhaps cause I don’t get to walk amongst people as often as I once did when residing downtown.
Meanwhile… in NYC a group of polka dotted women is fighting back against us fast iPod wearing walkers… The war rages (-: