The so-called “mega commuters” or “super commuters” featured in this story are the final casualties of the dying Industrial Age office. The casualty is the horrible imbalance of their lives due to spending needless hours each day on the road that could otherwise be spent on health promoting behaviors such as getting exercise and adequate sleep (no, Obamacare can’t solve that) and for quality time with their families.
What’s so painfully ironic is this story is set in the San Francisco Bay Area, home of many Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies that have effectively obsoleted working in a centralized office Monday through Friday. Incongruously, some of these companies don’t yet realize the obsolescence they themselves have created, requiring their staffs to adhere to Industrial Age office hours as if if were still 1985. (See the media firestorm resulting from Yahoo’s decision last week to require its employees to commute to HQ) That in turn creates one of the worst metro areas in the United States for traffic congestion and long commutes.