Working 9 to 5

Dolly Parton had it easy

Working 9 to 5

Julia Cook and Dan Woodman for The Conversation:

We need to work harder than before to get our everyday schedules to sync up, even if just for a short time, to catch up in person with our best friends or to have a family meal together.

All around us we have amazing technology and communication gadgets, but instead of making things better, they often make things worse.

Our working hours leak out into our personal lives. The early morning starts get earlier, working late gets later and more frequent, and our weekends are encroached upon by thoughts of work if not work itself. Many of us can't even get a decent night's sleep without stressing about something at work.

These wonderful new communication gadgets rather than making us happier have the propensity to constantly make us depressed. They're free to interrupt us at any time. They provide instant access to unlimited social distraction and comparison.

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