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thenewgreen  ·  2568 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A World Without Work

The idea that we are already developing more passive forms of leisure via social media and games is probably true. It's often funny to me that our numbers for daily visits to Hubski drop off every weekend.

People use social media at work. They recreate on the weekend.

Much of this article is pretty old hat, but still I find it interesting. We definitely over value work and under value leisure, particularly in the U.S.

Dearon  ·  2567 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Social media also seems to provide a good mental break for many types of work where, without it, you might find yourself mentally overwhelmed. With that assumption it also makes sense that online activity drops in the weekend.

thenewgreen  ·  2558 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I think there have to be better forms of "mental breaks" though. It's definitely a "work break" but is it a "mental break?" It takes time and mental energy for me to consume content online and even more so if I'm going to comment or add to the content.

Ideally, I would make more time for quiet meditation, allowing my mind to actually take a break and turn off the internal dialog/thought engine.

Dearon  ·  2557 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It would be very interesting to see office-type jobs (including jobs like programming) add silent rooms for meditation or even naps (I know Google offered something like that, but no idea about the rest of the industry). Giving people the freedom to take a break whenever they need it and to recharge in that way seems like something that could be very beneficial to both employees and the company. The only problem is that it's somewhat incompatible to a culture where everyone is being micro-managed, so I could see that being a big obstacle.