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    Raptitude.comDavid Cain10 min
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    • deephdave
      Top reader of all time
      1 year ago

      Binge-watching, binge-eating, binge-shopping

      The culture of the eight-hour workday is big business’ most powerful tool for keeping people in this same dissatisfied state where the answer to every problem is to buy something.

    • Alexa
      2 years ago

      Must read. I’m really interested in what shapes my/our consumer mentality. This article speaks to many of the well-paid tech workers that spend because they can.

      As technologies and methods advanced, workers in all industries became able to produce much more value in a shorter amount of time. You’d think this would lead to shorter workdays. But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (...) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScout
        2 years ago

        Yes. Echo: Must read. I love David Cain. The expression "keeping up with the Joneses" is really trending right now, on Readup and in my life

    • jbuchana2 years ago

      Another great article.

      When the author went back to work, they found themselves to be spending more and doing less wholesome activities. I didn't work from 2006 to 2017 due to disability. In 2008 our US healthcare system mandated that I work, even if it kills me, otherwise, no Drs and meds, which will kill me.

      That last paragraph has nothing to do with the article, except that I noticed the same thing. I wrote more, exercised more, and so on when I didn't work. Fortunately I only work part-time, so I'm not totally back into no time for anything except work and trying to recover from work, which I've now learned is the desired state for consumers.