Decibel (decibel45) wrote,
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The Overworked American

http://users.ipfw.edu/ruflethe/american.html (Stolen from http://jwz.livejournal.com/631898.html)

It's a bit long-winded, but well worth the read. Since 1948, American productivity has doubled. This means that we could produce the same output as we did in 1948 by only working 4 hours a day.

Anyone reading this work only 4 hours a day?? Anyone? Didn't think so...

The author presents that we've essentially put ourselves on a treadmill, where each increase in productivity is met with a corresponding increase in consumerism, so that we've effectively gone nowhere. In fact, I think the situation is far worse: in 1948 you essentially didn't see (married) women in the workplace. Now it's rare to find married women at home. So not only has per-worker productivity doubled, the workforce has practically doubled as well.

Yet what we all really want isn't more money to spend on more crap we don't need; it's more time.
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