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Monday, May 26, 2008

The "Americans are Lazy" Myth



At least in terms of annual hours worked. Note that we're two states ahead of the infamous, "fingers to the bone," Japanese. Via Publius Pundit.
Feel free to click on the graph for an enlarged and more legible form.

(graph via SourceOECD and modified to highlight the US total.)

2 comments:

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Now, subadei, I don't want to sound like... whatever, but the more I look at the (enlarged) picture, the less it makes sense. You want to agree with me, most probably, that the mere idea that Italians, Greeks and Turks work more hours than Americans, sounds quite outlandish.

Unless, of course, the siesta time is counted as vigorous and productive activity. Which is sometimes is, but not in terms of interest to the authors of this outrageous diagram.

subadei said...

Good point, Snoop. There certainly is a difference between time spent and productivity achieved. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to return to that warm and fuzzy and ideal place where Americans work more hours than my friends the Japanese.