Study: Commuters are sick more often

Autobahn, over dts
Autobahn, over dts

Those who have to commute to work for more than an hour a day or even need a second home to get to work are more often ill. This is the result of a study by the Trendence Institute, about which the newspapers of the Funke media group (Thursday editions) report. According to the market research company, 54,6 percent of commuters complain of frequent exhaustion or fatigue - compared to only 35,1 percent of non-commuters.

More than one in three commuters suffer from lack of sleep (41,4 percent), neck problems (37,3 percent), back pain (34,2 percent) and increased stress symptoms such as irritability or nervousness (32,6 percent). In addition, according to the study, commuting massively restricts private life. While two thirds of non-commuters find enough time for their partners, only 55,7 percent of commuters say so. Every second commuter also states that they cannot spend enough time with their children. And just over a third of commuters find time for their hobbies. Most commuters (56,5 percent) use the car to drive to work. Every fourth commuter would also like to be able to use local public transport. A sufficient public transport service is only available to 3,8 percent of commuters. Two thirds of those surveyed also received no travel allowance and no job ticket. Not even one in ten commuters get a Bahncard from their employer. According to the Trendence study, commuters are mostly employed (93,2 percent), but on average they have 2,3 years less work experience than non-commuters. The gender ratio shows that commuters are 60,5 percent male. Between August and September 2019, the market research company surveyed over 1.000 participants for the study. Academic and non-academic employees as well as students were surveyed. (dts news agency)