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Well, as the title suggests, it is a story where a child discovers the joy of walking to school.

This is a dystopic novel.

At their age, they use teleportation for their travel. They are very germophobic.

No one goes out of their houses physically.

One day, the said child goes off to school or returns, I don't remember because the teleportation thing was not working. Then he enjoys it and goes to school and returns back physically. Everyone is shocked (and disgusted, I guess?).

Well, that's the story. I have no idea when or where I read it.

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    Likely a duplicate of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/133731/…
    – Valorum
    Jan 25, 2023 at 13:33
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    Suggested dupe target is excessively minimal, and even this question is better. I'm going to vote to leave open, and regardless of the result of the vote I'm going to close the other way. (Note that this is a simple pair, and there are no other questions that would need to be changed.)
    – DavidW
    Feb 20 at 20:40

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This is It's Such a Beautiful Day by Isaac Asimov. First published in 1955 in Star Science Fiction Stories No. 3, it's available to read online thanks to the Internet Archive.

Summary per Wikipedia:

Set in the year 2117, the story presents District A-3, a newly built suburb of San Francisco, and the world's first community to be built entirely using Doors, a method of travel via teleportation.

When the Door that transfers him from home to school fails, Richard "Dickie" Hanshaw takes a dislike to the method and starts to wander outside in the unfamiliar open, exposed to the elements. When he catches a cold, Mrs. Hanshaw is horrified and takes him to see Dr. Sloane, a psychiatrist, afraid that her son's wanderings are signs of a mental abnormality.

Despite his own misgivings, Dr. Sloane invites Dickie to go for a walk with him in the open, and Sloane learns to understand and appreciate the boy's dislike of moving around by matter transference and his newly acquired interest in the open air. Dr. Sloane advises Mrs. Hanshaw not to disapprove of Dickie's odd hobby so heavily, to treat it as if it is no big deal. This will remove its tantalizing aura of forbiddenness, and soon Dickie will lose interest in it and turn his attention to more "normal" interests.

At the conclusion of his consultation with Dickie and Mrs. Hanshaw, Dr. Sloane succumbs to Dickie's viewpoint and says, "You know, it's such a beautiful day that I think I'll walk."

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    << Richard "Dickie" Hanshaw takes a dislike to the method >> Is that description quite accurate? From what I recall, he doesn't dislike Doors, and is happy to use them, it's that he likes walking outside.
    – Pete
    Jan 25, 2023 at 14:48
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    @Pete - you’re right, the Wikipedia synopsis isn’t entirely accurate. From a brief scan of the story he’s quite indifferent about heading outside
    – fez
    Jan 25, 2023 at 15:35
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    Was there an anti-car-culture movement in 1955? (if so, it failed). I'm pretty sure this is an allegory to car culture.
    – user253751
    Jan 25, 2023 at 22:30
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    Seems very closely related to "The Fun They Had," also by Asimov. Jan 26, 2023 at 6:12
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    @user253751 There was a strong anti-car, then anti-jaywalking lobby in the US (where Asimov lived) in the '20s and '30s (his formative years). Source. Jan 26, 2023 at 11:55

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