Over the last 150 years, how humans spend their time has changed quite drastically. As the chart above shows, the amount of time humans spend working has been on a steady decline over the last century and a half. by In most countries, the typical work week has dropped by approximately 30 hours over the last 150 years.
On average, humans live 75 years. That’s about 3,900 weeks. Or 27,000 days. Or 648,000 hours. We spend about a third of that time sleeping, and that number hasn’t changed over the last century. What has changed drastically is how we spend our time when we are awake.
There are 168 hours in a week and we spend 56 hours of the week sleeping. This leaves 112 hours for everything else. If you go back 150 years, humans spent 70 hours of the 112 working. However, how humans spend their time has changed due to the continued advancements in technology and human ingenuity.
Thanks to the human genius, we now have more time to spend doing whatever we want. But how are we spending it? For many these hours are spent watching television. According to recent figures, the average human spends about four hours a day watching television. This translates to 28 hours each week spend in front of the television.
How humans spend their time has changed over the last 150 years and thanks to technology and innovation, humans now have more free time than they ever have before. However, it seems many humans have found one way to replace this time working with the television. If you want to measure the progress of humans over the last 150 years, we have discovered how to reduce the amount of time we spend working only to replace those hours sitting in front of a television for almost 30 hours each week.
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