May 31st, 2015

Magritte

Why We Are All So Busy These Days

Some months ago, I found myself having the same conversation over and over with different friends: Why are we all so busy? I had kind of mentally chalked it up to having a small child, but it’s not just my friends with kids who feel overwhelmed. Another friend pointed out that this level of activity isn’t inherent to small children, either. Our parents weren’t this busy, when we were small children. I had to think hard about that, when she pointed it out -- the perspective from knee-height is pretty different -- but I sure don’t remember multiple events on a weekend day being a regular thing when I was a kid.

So what’s changed? My theory: mostly the internet, especially the rise of social media. I bet there's been research about this, and I haven't looked into any of it. Totally unsourced speculation ahead!

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