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CHAPTER 18Enough–the Time Cost of Stuff

VICKI ROBIN

One argument often used as an objection to shorter working hours is that the average American needs to work long hours “just to make ends meet.” But what is missed in this argument is that the ends themselves are all too often the result of time pressure and overwork. “Convenience” products do save time—on cooking, for example—but they usually cost more and thus increase the amount of time we have to work to pay for them. This sort of thing can reach absurd heights. Take, for example, a new product I saw recently—microwavable pre-scrambled eggs. Since all you do is heat them in the microwave, ...

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