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Our Free Time Is Vanishing To “Shadow Work”

" Life has become busier. Somehow there seems to be less time in the day, although days remain indisputable twenty-four hours long. In truth, time isn’t vanishing, [...]

Life has become busier. Somehow there seems to be less time in the day, although days remain indisputable twenty-four hours long. In truth, time isn’t vanishing, only free time is. How can this be? We are living in the most prosperous era in human history, and prosperity supposedly brings leisure. Yet, quietly, subtly, even furtively, new tasks have infiltrated our days, nibbling off bits of free time like the sea eroding sand from the beach. We find ourselves doing a stack of jobs we never volunteered for, chores that showed up in our lives below the scan of awareness. They are the incoming tidal wave of shadow work.

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Publication Date: 15/06/2014
Source: The New York Times
Author: Jacques Leslie
Publication Date: 12/05/2015
Source: Harvard Magazine
Author: John S. Rosenberg