Keynes, the father of modern economics predicted in 1930, “In the future, working hours would be short and vacations long. Our grandchildren would work around three hours a day—and probably only by choice.” Economic progress and technological advances had already shrunk working hours considerably by his day, and there was no reason to believe this trend would not continue. Faster cars and planes were taking us places and modern appliances were reducing drudgery in the home and the office. Concern was being raised in social circles: what are we going to do with all the free time in the future?
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