Riding Electric Scooter May Benefit Mental Health, Survey Finds
Sometimes poll results and all positive reviews should be taken with a grain of salt. While fake reviews can be bought by sellers to brag about online stores, some surveys may be inaccurate due to a limited number of respondents or if the people responding are from a specific demographic.
In this case, it is an investigation requested by Spin, a micromobility company owned by Ford Motor Company. The company operates application-based rentals of electric bikes and electric scooters in the United States and in several European cities and campuses.
Spin is proud to have implemented the very first stationless bike sharing program in the United States, and this system has been used by various other companies around the world.
Now back to the survey, its respondents are 996 Spin runners from seven UK cities. The data was collected in August 2021, but the fact that makes us ask a grain of salt with this survey is that all of the respondents were customers of the same electric scooter rental company.
This means that there is a good chance that these customers are happy with electric scooters in general, and it was the second thing they had in common with their city of residence.
Because of these two factors, in the form of a small and narrow pool of respondents and the fact that all respondents are customers of a specific company, the premises for a sketchy result are there.
To clarify, I’m not saying this is wrongdoing, but it would have been eliminated if 10,000 people had been interviewed and the respondents would have included cyclists, car owners, pedestrians and service customers. sharing of electric scooters.
You may know it by now, but today, October 10, is World Mental Health Day. Therefore, the survey we are referring to analyzed the mental health benefits of riding an electric scooter. While I’ll admit that I never imagined riding an electric scooter would benefit mental health, 74% of riders said they felt de-stressed after using one.
Additionally, 85 percent of riders felt relaxed after their rides, while 67 percent said riding an electric scooter helps let go of their negative thoughts and feelings.
As you may have read in the first paragraph, 87% of bikers reported feeling an increased sense of freedom. Now this is something I can relate to. Although I am not a big fan of riding electric scooters (rented or not), I have experienced similar feelings and sensations after riding a motorcycle.
The feeling of freedom is there, and anyone who has ridden a motorcycle must have felt it at least once. While in 2021 it can also come from digital detox which can happen since you can’t look at your smartphone, as 63% of respondents told investigators, but the feeling of freedom on two wheels is older. than a smartphone and even a computer.
Another interesting aspect revealed by the study was that 70 percent of those surveyed believed that driving an electric scooter rented through a rental program helped improve their mental health.
Well, we’re not therapists here, and we can’t comment on the matter, but if that’s what makes you happy, or just puts you in a better mood, go for it as long as you don’t interfere with it. someone else’s freedom.
According to the survey, four in ten bikers said they felt happy, free or positive during or after their rides. Almost half said they feel adventurous about renting an electric scooter.
Other bikers told interviewers they felt “exalted and like a soaring eagle,“which is perhaps a bit too much in our opinion, or just”back to my childhood. ”
Renowned media psychologist Emma Kenny supported the survey results and explained that riding an electric scooter can be a way for people to “feel free and live a nostalgic and childlike experience in the great outdoors.”
If you allow it, the same goes for biking, skateboarding or rollerblading, if you ask us. With that in mind, get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sun outside, as mental health is as important as general health.
If you are riding an electric scooter, be careful and keep the speed within the real limits of your skill, as reaching emergencies has no beneficial effect on mental health.