Tuesday, May 17, 2011

21st Century Luxury: Leisure Time

by Andrea Fascinetto


I believe that leisure time will become a future luxury because of the rate that society keeps incrementing work hours and demands in general. Today, in order to succeed in one's field, one must put in more hours than what is asked for. In United States a work week is a minimum of 40 hours (contrary to France, which is only 30 hrs) but most people put in at least 10 hours of over time, if not more. In the fashion world, trends and styles come and go so quickly that it's six months ahead, at the very least. Generally speaking, everyone is thinking ahead to stay ahead, and avoid any problems or create a supply for the overwhelming demand of society. Basically, we are forgoing today for tomorrow, and simply living today to create something for future. By living like this, we no longer have time to take a stroll, or read a book, or even spend time with family and friends. As we, as a society, continue to evolve we will continue to ask and expect more from everything and everyone, and someone will have to put in the hours to make it available. It's hard to imagine that we will have time for anything in the future at the rate we're going.

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