Responding to my post about Tim Kreider’s “The ‘Busy’ Trap, my friend Jay made an interesting point. He wrote:
“I’m not really sure how I feel about this article. He doesn’t really offer any empirical evidence that people are more busy. It’s mostly just annecdotes. And frankly, my annecdotal experience is different. It seems to me that most people are spending vast amounts of time doing “nothing”. Things like watching TV, surfing the internet, playing video games, texting, etc.”
If we are “busy” because of all the time we’re wasting, doing little non-work, fun, or trivial activities, are we really “busy”? Or, are we actually more idle than ever before?
Tough to know.
There is this response article from Rachel Dodes with The Wall Street Journal: