That is the book “Rest” by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang that was reviewed in the immediately preceding post. Remember that the major points of this book were that there is a limit of about four hours for effective mental work, and that non work time needs to be spent in restorative activities. Previous healthy memory blog posts have mentioned that when I was I elementary school in the 1950s I was told that by now time at work would have been drastically reduced due to technology. Technology has advanced beyond our wildest dreams. And back in the 50s it was highly unusual for mothers to work. Yet today, everyone is working many more hours than in the 50s.
So what happened? Moreover, there is genuine concern about all the jobs that will be lost due to technology.
It seems that the solution to this problem is to recalibrate using guidance from Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. Cut the standard work week to 20 hours and use remaining time to recreate and engage in restorative activities.
This should not only solve a dangerous unemployment problem, but it should also result in an increase in the quality of work.
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