Workers have less leisure time than 40 years ago

Expectation: Gains in productivity will result in a shorter working week which will allow people to spend more time on sport, socializing or hobbies.
Reality: Over the past four decades, men are doing less paid work, while women are doing more. Both have less time for play — with childcare up and leisure time down.
So says a report from the Resolution Foundation in the UK, via Financial Times

 

Work and play, leisure, not-work

Food for thought on the topic of work and non-work, and the false dichotomy between work and life.

via The Road to Wigan Pier:

There are in fact very few activities which cannot be classed either as work or play according as you choose to regard them. The labourer set free from digging may want to spend his leisure, or part of it, in playing the piano, while the professional pianist may be only too glad to get out and dig at the potato patch. Hence the antithesis between work, as something intolerably tedious, and not-work, as something desirable, is false. The truth is that when a human being is not eating, drinking, sleeping, making love, talking, playing games, or merely lounging about—and these things will not fill up a lifetime—he needs work and usually looks for it, though he may not call it work.