Why, despite our technological capacities, we are not all working 3–4 hour days?
37% of all British workers think their job is completely useless.
In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century's end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain or the United States would have achieved a 15-hour work week because of technology.
Huge swathes of people, in Europe and North America in particular, spend their entire working lives performing tasks they secretly believe do not really need to be performed.
Given the choice between less hours and more toys and pleasures, we've collectively chosen the latter.
“The first and most popular explanation is consumerism — we keep on buying stuff we don’t need to impress people we don’t really like."