Why Do Americans Hate Lives of Leisure?

Brigid Schulte on Why We Don’t Have Time for Fun and What We Can Do to Feel Less Overwhelmed

“I think we all know what it feels like to be overwhelmed,” Washington Post journalist Brigid Schulte told a large crowd at the Skirball Cultural Center. “So I’m going to talk about why we feel that way—and what we can do about it.”

Schulte, author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, wanted the data behind why she—and many women she knew—felt that they didn’t have enough time for everything and everyone in their lives. So she called a time use researcher at the University of …

The Test of Time


Ever feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day? Washington Post journalist Brigid Schulte was more than familiar with that feeling. And she discovered she wasn’t alone—Americans of …