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Faster. Slower. How We Walk Depends on Who We Walk With, and Where We Live.

Men tend to walk differently with other men than with women. And Americans walk faster with children, whereas Ugandans move more leisurely.

People move differently when they walk in groups than when they walk alone. And their walking style is especially distinct when they walk with children, according to a fascinating new cross-cultural study of pedestrians in several nations.

The study, which also shows that men tend to walk differently with other men than with women and that some cultures may promote walking speed over sociability, underscores that how we move is not dependent solely on physiology or biomechanics.

It is also influenced to a surprising extent by where we grew up and who we hang out with.

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From New York Times

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