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The Rise of the Outrageously Long Commute

The Rise of the Outrageously Long Commute The Atlantic


One study on relocation trends in the U.S. from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that the rate of interstate relocations for jobs in 2013 had dropped 51 percent from its average between 1948 and 1971.

Another study conducted this year by the market research firm Barna Group found that nearly 60 percent of adults never plan to move, and out of the adults who did move, 42 percent moved for family, while just 28 percent relocated for a job. And this isn’t just an American phenomenon.“Relocation is a problem for people,” said Ellen Galinsky, the president of the Families and Work Institute in New York, which is currently studying this issue. “Men in particular are putting more value on being a good parent, not just a provider, and in some sense that might mean not moving their kids.”

In many cases, the commuters aren’t just doing it for their kids’ stability, but also because of their spouse’s career. 


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This seems like one of those aspects of life where self-driving cars will make a huge difference.

Did you even read the article? Dude has 10 kids. This article never even mentions cars... these are PLANE commuters.

There's long commutes and then there's long commutes.

Yes, the article talks about commutes of 2000 miles from Toronto to Vancouver, U.S. to Brazil, even Manhattan to New York.

So yes, in those cases no self-driving car will help except with getting to/from the airport.

But I still consider 50 miles to be an outrageously long commute.

And for those cases self-driving cars will help a lot.

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