Sep 9, 2004

Working less?

Picked this up from the Worthwhile mag blog:

Check out these historical predictions offered up in a new book, "In Praise of Slowness" by Carl Honore:
*Benjamin Franklin predicted that the technological advances of the late 1700s
would lead to four-hour work weeks.
*In the late 1800s, George Bernard Shaw predicted that we would work two hours a day by the year 2000.
*In 1956, Richard Nixon foresaw a four-day work week in the "not too distant
*In the mid-1960s, a U.S. Senate subcommittee heard a prediction that by 2000, Americans would be working about 14 hours a week.

So much for forecasting the future. And so much for technology-as-liberator.So what happened to the long-foreseen Age of Leisure? Are we too money-grubbing to work fewer hours -- or is a day or so a week on the golf course plenty of leisure time after all?