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Regina Pranata Prof. Li Xing Hua AHS 1000-05 24 February 2015 Journal 2 In the first two chapter of the book “Overworked American”, Schors describes the idea of “the unexpected decline of leisure”. She explains that Americans are facing longer and longer working hours each year which has led to the “crisis of leisure”. The idea of “crisis od leisure” suggest that people are losing more and more free time even though technology is advancing- technology that should have increase productivity and allowed more leisure time. If technology is truly helping people become more efficient, then why is leisure time continuing to decrease? Schors answers this by examining capitalism. As competition in the market increases, companies are fighting tooth and nail to capture the market share. Because of this, companies will take any opportunity they have to increase profitability. One way to increase profit is to reduce cost, and one way to reduce cost is by using resources more efficiently. The advance in technology help workers do the same kind of work in a shorter amount of time. However, this does not mean that
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