Coming next Week: The 1-Hour Workweek
Anita Sharpe on Business
Check out these historical predictions offered up in a new book, 'In Praise of Slowness' by Carl Honore:
*Benjamin Franklin predicted that the technological advances of the late 1700s would lead to four-hour work weeks.
*In the late 1800s, George Bernard Shaw predicted that we would work two hours a day by the year 2000.
*In 1956, Richard Nixon foresaw a four-day work week in the 'not too distant future.'
*In the mid-1960s, a U.S. Senate subcommittee heard a prediction that by 2000, Americans would be working about 14 hours a week.
So much for forecasting the future. And so much for technology-as-liberator.
So what happened to the long-foreseen Age of Leisure? Are we too money-grubbing to work fewer hours -- or is a day or so a week on the golf course plenty of leisure time after all?