The Modern Curse of Busyness

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Are we all just too busy?
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What would you do with just a little extra time squeezed into the day? Would you sleep, cook, or exercise? Or would you do absolutely nothing?

We can all dream up the things we would get around to doing with just a few more hours, but as it turns out, we're already just too busy.

The modern curse of busyness is the subject of a new piece in The New Yorker by staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert. According to Kolbert, there was once hope that the future did not include incessantly ringing phones and overbooked calendars.

In 1928, the economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that by 2028, industrial technological advances would so dramatically increase our productivity that working more than three hours a day would be unnecessary. He believed that the "standard of life" and the leisure time we enjoy would be so improved that money would no longer be of worry

He was right in predicting that society would grow wealthier, but monetary riches haven't quite accompanied that precious commodity of time we all strive for.

Today Kolbert weighs in on the Keynesian view of the "standard of life," and how the income gap plays into the busyness factor.