Are You Really Super-Busy?

PC stress -image_thumb9You are probably lying to yourself
By Hanna Rosin
‘It was after this letter that Burnett realized that busyness of a certain kind—meaning not the work-three-menial-jobs-and-put-your-kids-in-precarious-day-care-by-necessity kind—became a mark of social status, that somewhere in the drudgery of checklists and the crumpled heaps one could detect a hint of glamour. “My God, people are competing about being busy,” Burnett realized. “It’s about showing status. That if you’re busy, you’re important. You’re leading a full and worthy life. … As if you don’t get to choose, busyness is just there. I call it the nonchoice choice. Because people really do have a choice.”

‘Do people really have a choice? At some point in her journey through time, Schulte attaches herself to John Robinson, a sociologist known as Father Time because he was one of the first people to start collecting time use diaries, which became the basis for the American Time Use Surveys that tell us so much about how we live…’

Why women invest less than men, even though they’re better at it
‘…“Women are terrified of retirement,” she said. “They’re terrified of running out of money. They’re terrified of becoming bag women.” So while many women save, relatively few of them invest.

‘…The tradition of men controlling finances may also be a factor—Hounsell said she has seen some clients who entrust finances to their husbands, even when it is the women who serve as primary breadwinners. But generally speaking, men also have more of a taste for risk than women do. The difference is probably due to testosterone levels: One study saw risky behavior increase along with testosterone levels, regardless of gender, but in general, testosterone is a hormone that men have more of. This likely makes it easier for men to decide to invest their money, which is riskier than keeping the same amount of cash in savings…’

What Amanda Palmer’s #ninjaTED event taught me about Community and Connection
‘…TED asked me to write a song, as a *surprise*, for sir ken robinson.

‘this year was the 30th anniversary of TED, and so they invited back their “all star” speakers, of which i was one (even though my talk just happened, lucky me) and obviously, sir ken was one.

‘sir ken has the most VIEWED talk on TED, clocking it at 25,000,000 views. and he deserves it, it’s an amazing talk called “how schools kill creativity“.

‘so when TED asked if i would write a song, i died a little.

‘i’ll give it its own blog soon and tell the whole longer story; for instance, sir neil who-isn’t-a-sir-yet-but-damn-would-it-make-his-mum-happy gaiman started the lyrics i jumped off from (and used some of). it’s complicated, this song…but for NOW? just believe me, it was heart-wrenching, and sir ken ACTUALLY LIKED IT SO MUCH HE ASKED ME WHEN I WAS GOING TO RECORD IT. so now i have to *&^(%$# record it.

‘i’ll let you all know when it’s a thing that you can hear (and read about)…’


About DigitalPlato

Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
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