Robert Fulford, a member of MLI’s Research Advisory Board, puts recent news stories about the “time crunch” faced by Canadians in proper perspective.
The CIW’s 32-page pamphlet, Caught in the Time Crunch: Time Use, Leisure and Culture in Canada, suggests that the academics who wrote it have just now come upon this theme. Their account totally lacks historical perspective. (Are we more overworked now than we were in 1950 or 1900?) Nor does it explore the causes. Does the now customary two-job marriage account for our time shortage? And do we have so many two-career marriages because we want many more possessions than our grandparents did? And if everyone is short of time, how is it that millions of people watch television for (choose your survey) four or five or six hours a day?