Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Leisure time predictions in the 70's
Old 02-22-2005, 07:29 AM   #1
 
Posts: n/a
Leisure time predictions in the 70's

Do any of you remember the predictions of future Leisure time that was often made in the 1970's?

Because of Technology and efficientcy, workers were going to have vast amounts of leisure time in the future. Probably a 35 hour work week, 6 week vacations etc. etc. - The only problem was what to do with all of that 'extra' time.

I've got a question for today's workers. How's that workin for ya?

Whenever I hear any 'expert' making predications of any kind,(market returns and interest rate movements included) I always dig out of my memory the predictions that were made 25 years ago. Most all of them are so laughable, that it makes you wonder how anyone could have swallowed it.
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Re: Leisure time predictions in the 70's
Old 02-22-2005, 07:36 AM   #2
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Hyperborea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Silicon Valley
Posts: 1,008
Re: Leisure time predictions in the 70's

Quote:
Because of Technology and efficientcy, workers were going to have vast amounts of leisure time in the future. Probably a 35 hour work week, 6 week vacations etc. etc. - The only problem was what to do with all of that 'extra' time.
The problem is that in the US the efficiency gains didn't go to the bottom 50-75% of society. *The next group of 20-45% that got some of the productivity gains (as well as double incomes over that time) is blowing what little they got on consumer crud. The top 5% are making out like bandits.
__________________

__________________
Hyperborea is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Leisure time predictions in the 70's
Old 02-22-2005, 07:37 AM   #3
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 570
Re: Leisure time predictions in the 70's

You make a good point, Cut-Throat. I have a book with title something like "U.S. Standards of Living" that examines in great detail what people spent money on in different eras. There is a section that discusses the phenomenon that you are referring to here, but that goes back even before the 70s. People were making these sorts of predictions even back in earlier eras.

The problem is that people have not defined what is "enough." If you do not define the end point of your working-for-money efforts, you can never achieve them. You just keep earning more, and then, after you earn it, you look around for something new to spend it all on.
__________________
hocus is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Leisure time predictions in the 70's
Old 02-22-2005, 09:44 AM   #4
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 239
Re: Leisure time predictions in the 70's

I remember hearing these predictions. If we did have 30-35 hour work weeks, maybe so many of us would not feel burned out.

Americans just seem to have have this work ethic...
__________________
All the best....Mike
I'd rather live in a rustic cabin and be free than in a McMansion as a slave!
Mountain_Mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Leisure time predictions in the 70's
Old 02-22-2005, 09:53 AM   #5
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
haha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Hooverville
Posts: 22,386
Re: Leisure time predictions in the 70's

Quote:
Americans just seem to have have this work ethic...
I suppose it may be "work ethic". It may also be simply that American workers have not figured out how to exert political power, once the industrial unions were emasculated.

The public sector unions which are strong and getting stronger seem to be doing quite well by their members.

Mikey
__________________
"As a general rule, the more dangerous or inappropriate a conversation, the more interesting it is."-Scott Adams
haha is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Leisure time predictions in the 70's
Old 02-22-2005, 02:13 PM   #6
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
BUM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Mid Hudson Valley
Posts: 1,778
Re: Leisure time predictions in the 70's

Quote:
Do any of you remember the predictions of future Leisure time that was often made in the 1970's?

Because of Technology and efficientcy, workers were going to have vast amounts of leisure time in the future. Probably a 35 hour work week, 6 week vacations etc. etc. - The only problem was what to do with all of that 'extra' time.

I've got a question for today's workers. How's that workin for ya?

Whenever I hear any 'expert' making predications of any kind,(market returns and interest rate movements included) I always dig out of my memory the predictions that were made 25 years ago. Most all of them are so laughable, that it makes you wonder how anyone could have swallowed it.

C-T,

Remember the corporate side: Efficiency experts and TIME STUDIES (stop watches and clip boards). Followed by ergonomics in in 90's. Outsourcing in the '00s. Whats next? I think they're calling it virtual employment... goes hand-in-nand with virtual benefits.



BUM
__________________
In a panamax down by the river.
BUM is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: Leisure time predictions in the 70's
Old 02-22-2005, 05:32 PM   #7
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Leisure time predictions in the 70's

Actually, the predictions of less work and more leisure did come true...

IN EUROPE!!!
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Re: Leisure time predictions in the 70's
Old 02-22-2005, 05:58 PM   #8
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Spanky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 4,046
Re: Leisure time predictions in the 70's

Because of adances in technology, workers are expected to produce more at a much faster pace. The end result: more work, less play.
__________________

__________________
May we live in peace and harmony and be free from all human sufferings.
Spanky is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
FIRE'd only: What's your time vs. money tradeoff free4now FIRE and Money 8 01-26-2007 07:00 PM
Part Time Work and Insurance AlmostDone FIRE and Money 3 01-19-2007 07:44 PM
long time reader, first post savedapile Hi, I am... 4 12-15-2006 07:45 PM
Too Much Money= Too Little Leisure? yakers FIRE and Money 11 02-07-2006 11:02 AM
James Garfield on Leisure Time..... Cut-Throat Other topics 1 04-12-2005 06:22 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:33 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.