You A Binge Worker?
85 Top Richest People
Day and Bigotry
From Outer Space
Korea Punishment By Dogs
by Ben Folds
Mother of All Stories
3 Cheers For Bigotry
Fla Tea Party
Limbaugh vs Pope
The Forgotten Ones
Nov 1st GOP Cuts To Snap
What the Shutdown Means
Party Says SHUTDOWN
Obamacare Good or Bad
Tea Party Brat Kill Bill
Tea Party Baby Votes To Cut Food Stamps
Ticking Time Bomb
Wow, Nature's Living Machine
Shadows of the Past
POOR vs. RICH
Saving Amer $3 At A Time
Public School KKK
Happy 78th SS
The Internet A Place For Murder
Tea Party Cheers Deportation
Zimmerman Psychopath News
Critical Thinking In Vicco KY
Orange Is the New Color of Greed
Military - Atheists Need Not Apply
8 Ways Privatization Is Harmful
The Crook Who Stole Mail Delivery
BGOP-ears Compete With People for Food
The GOP Turned Political Debate Into A
War On Cancer
New GOP Word
Critical Thinking/GOP HATE IT!
Your Brain On GOP
GOP uses WarfareStop Rally
Latest Right-Wing Hate on Trayvon Martin
ALEC To Blame for Murder Verdict
De ja vu - Excerpts From the Rodney King
Gun People: Zimmerman Duty To
ZIMMERMAN MURDERED July 13, 2013
gave George Zimmerman license
GOP Don't Care If Children Go Hungry
Mark Ruffalo Hits The Proverbial Nail
Rand Paul To Make Abortions UNSAFE!
More GOP Convoluted Logic
Tea Party History 101 - 2 Easy Lessons
Trayvon Martin Case Proves Bigotry
Ayn Rand vs. Jesus Debate
David and Goliath Retold
RIP 1965 VOTING RIGHTS ACT!
Not Human! Picture of the Day.
Tea Party Knothead
Bring Back Paula Deen Facebook
Paula Deen Bigot of the Day
Trayvon Martin Would Be Alive Today
A Sociopath's Bellow
Not My America America?
Good Will Always Win!
CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?
Paul Ryan Health Care Destroyed
GOP to See Poor Children Go Hungry.
ALEX JONES WHACKED
Impeachment? It's Silly to George Will
GOP Tea Party Cretins Jump The Shark!
Republican Sociopath Profile
USA Leads In 1st Day Deaths for Newborns
Tea Party NRA's Dance On Graves
Enlightenment Led To The Holocaust
Coming Out To Higher Consciousness
Your Eulogy From A Physicist
Rich Get Richer
Fanaticism Winner - Common Sense Loser!
46 Chicken Littles, Vote No
Freedom To Hate
Are you 'binge working'? The question
is deadly serious
Bob Sullivan, NBC News contributor
Jan. 23, 2014 at 1:26 AM ET
long hours, sleeping less and pumping ourselves up
with caffeine. It's a recipe for disaster.
Jeff Hutchens / Getty Images file
We're working long hours, sleeping less and pumping
ourselves up with caffeine. It's a recipe for
More people are living a life marked by
A toxic combination of digital leashes, the hypnotic
effects of technology, economic anxiety, and caffeine
is encouraging workers to push far beyond normal
limits in the name of hard work.
Its a costly trend. Consequences range from
poor work and long unscheduled absences, to workers
paying with their health, and in rare cases, their
Take Mita Diran. The 24-year-old advertising
copywriter worked for 30 hours straight just before
Christmas, bragged that she was "still going
strooong" on Twitter, and dropped dead within
hours. The young Indonesian was the latest
high-profile victim of what some are now calling
Diran's story is eerily similar to that of Li Yuan,
an ad writer at Ogilvy & Mather in China, whose
heart stopped in May after similar bouts of overwork.
It's also similar to the sorry tale of Moritz
Erhardt. He died after a three-day work binge at Bank
of Americas Merrill Lynch office in London.
Erhartdt was a 21-year-old intern, and apparently
desperate to prove himself worthy of a full-time job
in banking. The death has prompted the bank to take
steps to ease the frantic working conditions for
ambitious junior staffers.
To this sad list you might even add a Taiwanese gamer
known only as Diablo, who died in 2012 after a
40-hour video game binge.
Ken Matos researches workplace trends at the Familes
and Work Institute, a non-profit. He points out that
a few binge working deaths certainly don't make a
trend, but he cautions that they are "a canary
in a coal mine." More widespread consequences,
he said, will be reduced life spans and other health
impacts for workers who no longer take breaks, even
on nights and weekends.
"While dropping over dead at ones desk is
likely to be a rare event, experiencing negative
health consequences and reduced lifespans, as a
result of decades intense work lives with little
opportunity for regular recovery, is a more likely
possibility," Matos said.
Virtual overwork is just the most obvious
representation of a larger trend. Americans, for
example, now toil for eight-and-a-half hours a week
more than they did in 1979. This phenomenon has
sometimes been called the Great Speed-
Up, as workers simply cant seem to jump
off the digital rat-wheel.
The effect has shown up in government data, which
indicates that 35 percent of Americans worked on
weekends in 2011. Were working at night, too,
ruining the potential for those eight hours of rest.
A survey in 2012 by the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention estimated that almost a third of
working adults get six hours or less of sleep a
Technology has a lot to do with it. Not very long
ago, when a worker left the office at 5 p.m., there
was simply no way to get work out of them until they
arrived the next day at 9 a.m. No one would expect a
response to an inquiry made at 4:30 on a Friday
But technology's influence on the collapsing
boundaries between work and life is subtle, too.
Matos points out that email has created a vicious
cycle in most workplaces, with workers expecting
instant responses from each other at all times -- no
one wants to be the team member who blocked a
discussion for an afternoon by not replying. What was
designed as an asynchronous, one-way-at-a-time
communication tool -- akin to old fashioned postal
mail -- is now synchronous, instant communication,
like a phone call. It's as if we were all trying to
carry on hundreds of phone calls at once. It's enough
to drive anyone crazy.
Or to make us sick.
A recent survey of medical research published in the
American Journal of Epidemiology lays out the case
Long working hours have been found to be
associated with cardiovascular and immunologic
reactions, reduced sleep duration, unhealthy
lifestyle, and adverse health outcomes, such as
cardiovascular disease, diabetes, subjective health
complaints, fatigue, and depression.
There is increasing evidence to suggest the
importance of midlife risk factors for later
dementia. Furthermore, the link between cognitive
impairment and later life dementia is clearly
It's not fair to blame technology entirely for the
problem. Read Diran's tweets, and you hear a typical
young worker who is half complaining, half bragging
about her 2 a.m. nights at the office. Binge working
is encouraged by many workplace cultures. One reason
Matos says: Companies measure and reward the wrong
Fox Lying News
Misconceptions About Prisons
Look What Dropped In On Facebook Wall
Study and Remember These Faces
The GOP Afraid Of Gun Control?
Guns and Numb-Nut Dust
Warning to American Teachers:
Iraq Vet Pens Last Letter
A Ray of Hope
No Way To Stop It
Marketing's One Motivation - Sell,
Sell.The Right To Vote, A Long Hard Struggle.
GOP Lie To Win Strategy
Join The Party If...
Facebook Breaking News
Asteroid Close Encounter With Earth
Ted Nugent - A Real Piece of Work (shit)
A Day At Facebook
Mayors Against Illegal Guns Bowl Ad
Gun Industry Targets Kids
Common Sense Gun Laws of Japan
Made In China Yuck!
The Debauchery Of The GOP
In The Wake Of Newtown
GOP HORSE'S PETUTE
Violence Against Women Act Expires
Republican Hypocrisy Rides Again
Newtown Massacre of Little Children
Obama To Give The GOP A Lollipop?
GOP Acts Out The Terrible Two's .
The GOP's Hands Are Quite Busy
Strong Segregationist Strain in U.S
Lloyd Blankfein, Ebenezer Scrooge
>live without becoming an old jackass.
Read Agenda 21, Glenn Beck's novel?
Democratic Socialism Scare Ignorant
WE DID IT!
Accomplishments of President Obama
Mitt Romney's Halloween Special
War on Wombs
GOP Tea Party The American Taliban
Tagg You're It!
Bruce Springsteen to Join Obama
Mitt's New Bouncing Baby Meme
Serious Reasons To Vote For Obama
$$ Mitt Romney Style $$
Hey Mitt, Can You Handle More Truth?
Public Enemy # One
Mitt, A Dose Of Truth, Can You Handle
Save America From What?
Scalia and His Cobweb Thinking
A Sad Day For Big Bird
David Letterman: "Romney's
Is Romney's Brain About To Blow?
Creationism The Study of Darkness
A Skunk By Any Other Name
Romney's Success vs. Romney's Greed
The Birth Of Intolerance
Wait A Minute, Hold The Phone
Dogs of War, Euthanized
Heavy, He's My Brother