Posted by: clare on: December 5, 2011
Not so long ago, I was struck by some traffic lights near to the TU/e. More accurately, I was struck by how waiting at this particular set of lights seems to go much faster.
I’m sure it’s because the lights include a countdown to when you can cross: you can see it below the red man in the image below. It’s a tiny change, but having an indicator of time remaining somehow makes (to me at least) a huge difference.
It’s the same with waiting for lifts: in my building at work, lift doors on the ground floor have indicators of where the lifts currently are, but the floor with my office includes no such indicator. I remain surprised by how much longer the wait for a lift seems when the only difference is that I don’t know where the thing is.
Looks like the small things really do make a difference.