WEB Notes: It is no secret today’s society is all work and little play, at least for those who actually work. If you continue reading the article at the source they state in 2015 the average American worker put in 1,811 hours annually. That peasant from the 13th century only put in 1,620 hours. Think about that. Then all of you who work a straight 40, that amounts to 2,080 hours annually. I would love to see another article comparing taxes.
Think you’re working less than peasants did way back in the medieval ages? Although jobs have changed significantly since then, chances are, you’re probably wrong.
Research from Juliet Schor, currently a Professor of Sociology at Boston College, from her text The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, shows this isn’t the case. The average American worker in 1987 was working about 1,949 hours annually, while an adult male peasant in 13th-century U.K. racked up approximately 1620 yearly. Schor provides details in the text about how working hours have changed over centuries, and why.