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When traffic jams affect our consumption of digital content

While the average journey time by car today is half an hour (more in big cities), and a large number of people still prefer the car to public transport, workers are faced with a revealing choice each morning and each evening: what to do to fill the time spent in traffic jams? Understanding the answer to this question can help us better understand all aspects of our relationship to our work and well-being, as well as to public safety.

Did you know, for example, that 2% of recent respondents admitted to playing games on their phone while driving? This is revealed by the website driving-tests.org, which conducted a survey of a thousand drivers to identify priorities and behaviors during peak hours. The company then compiled a report correlating behavior and responses regarding job satisfaction and well-being, with revealing results.

As you would expect, people who drive are more likely to listen to music (73.6% vs. 35.6%) and podcasts (26.8% vs. 13.3%) while traveling public transport users. On the other hand, they are much more numerous to use social media (26.7% against 5.2%) and to browse the Internet (25.6% against 4.2%).

Influence on personal satisfaction

The distribution of privileged activities, in transport times, by type of employment is very interesting. People working in the creative field, for example, are more likely to listen to podcasts. Technicians, on the other hand, are more likely to make phone calls or come into contact with people while on the move.

The activity that a driver chooses to exercise during his journey also corresponds fairly strongly to job satisfaction. The vast majority of people who listen to the news during their morning commute (81.4%) say they are satisfied with their work (perhaps because everything looks more rosy than the content of these news flashes). In contrast, only 66.2% of people who listen to music during their commute to work say they are satisfied with their work.

Travel time also has an obvious impact on satisfaction with certain elements of the job. For example, 73.7% of workers who travel 30 minutes or less say they are satisfied with their job security. In comparison, 66.2% of workers with longer journeys are satisfied. Workers with shorter journeys are 10% more likely (46.2% compared to 36.2%) to be satisfied with their promotion possibilities.

Finally, and perhaps not surprisingly, a large number of drivers spend the morning part of the journey planning the work day. In fact, one of the main results of the survey could be that almost half of the respondents (48%) devote a large part of their unpaid time to planning their working day and related tasks while commuting. to get to their work. If the average journey is taken into account, unpaid time is equivalent, on average, to around 1,400 euros per year in unpaid wages.

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