Essay Response - Olivia Downs Dr. Wolfgang Lepschy ENG 1101...

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Olivia Downs Dr. Wolfgang Lepschy ENG 1101 2 July 2010 Summary/Response Essay: How America Has Run Out of Time In “How America Has Run Out of Time,” which was published in Time Magazine on April 24, 1989, Nancy Gibbs illustrates how time has become a rare commodity in our lifetime and the irony of the purpose of the postindustrial age. Gibbs explains how people with major job professions are being required to work more hours a week. By working all these extra hours, parents are being pulled away from their family, which puts a detrimental effect on the lifestyle of children. According to Gibbs, the postindustrial age was supposed to provide leisure time for our civilization, therefore promoting technology, such as computers and robotics, which reduces the amount of work time. Ironically, the increase in technology has not only reduced our leisure time, it has made people work harder to obtain jobs. In conclusion, Gibbs explains that individuals need to take time to focus on the important things in life. Although the post industrial age has possessed many positive effects on our society such as technology and medicine, it has possessed many detrimental effects on our society such as family time, mistakes at work, health issues, and change of lifestyle. To begin with, being overinvolved in a career can cause harsh strains on family time. According to the article, Issues and Controversies , Americans who work long amounts of time without any vacation time risk their relationships with their family members and friends. To keep a stable
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family it takes both parents being involved in their child’s life. Without that involvement, his or
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